Brandon Kyle Jeter, the School District of Broward County’s 2016 Teacher of the Year, received statewide recognition and an award of $1,000 from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) and Florida Power & Light July 15 for tremendous impact on the lives of his students, school and community.
He was chosen from among 67 county-wide teacher of the year honorees as the CFEF’s annual “Invested in Excellence” recipient for exemplary dedication to his students. Florida Power & Light sponsored the award with FPL Education Manager Maureen Wilt making the surprise announcement during concluding presentations at the Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Program in Orlando.
Mr. Jeter is described by Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie as “an innovative professional who uses creativity to develop new academic projects and learning experiences to inspire his students to reach their highest potential.”
He has received numerous accolades during his 21-year teaching experience. He is a published author, science researcher and a national board certified teacher, and he developed the first honors astronomy program in Broward School District, which has been replicated in Florida and two other states. He organizes “Astronomy Nights” for students and the public at local parks and “Project Aquila,” a student-led project of high-altitude balloon experiments.
In accepting the award, Mr. Jeter reflected on how a Teacher Innovation Grant from the Broward Education Foundation many years ago put him on the path of believing he could expand opportunities for his students by bringing in community resources.
“We know it takes extra effort for teachers to seek business and community involvement and investment in their classrooms, which is a large part of what local education foundations do in providing classroom grants and other above-and-beyond opportunities for teachers and students,” said Mary Chance, president of the CFEF. “We sponsor this award with our business partner Florida Power & Light to annually celebrate a teacher of the year honoree who has a consistent focus on excellence in their classroom, including bringing outside resources and opportunities for their students.”
The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s school district-wide local education foundations, including the Broward Education Foundation. Established in 1987, the CFEF now has 61 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise more than $63 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs.