This spring, we’ve had the opportunity to celebrate the success of our students who have recently competed in the science, history, music and art fairs. I am in awe of the hard work and dedication of the students, teachers and support staff who work to ensure our students excel in many areas.

Last month, we had the opportunity to celebrate all of our Teachers and Rookie Teachers of the Year at the annual celebration hosted by INK! I am pleased to announce that Ms. Tina Hemby, a Pre-Algebra teacher at Mill Creek Academy (MCA), was selected as the district Teacher of the Year. Alongside her, Aimee Monie of Tocoi Creek High School was recognized as Rookie Teacher of the Year.

Tina Hemby

Ms. Hemby is an outstanding teacher who consistently goes above and beyond cultivating a positive learning environment by building a solid teacher-student relationship. Every day, Ms. Hemby ensures that every student has the opportunity to succeed.

With nearly three decades of experience teaching mathematics, elementary education and general science, her accolades include the distinguished Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This esteemed recognition is bestowed on outstanding educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), with only up to 110 teachers receiving this honor annually nationwide.

Aimee Monie

In Ms. Hemby’s class, students work together and hold each other accountable while supporting one another and accepting differences. Collaboration and sharing are integral to Ms. Hemby’s classroom dynamic. Her positive attitude and approach to instruction are inspiring to her fellow teachers, students and administration.

Last spring, her instructional skills and expertise were reflected in the remarkable performance of her eighth-grade students, with over 80% achieving mastery-level scores on the Florida Assessment of Student Thinking math tests. Moreover, they met or exceeded the mastery benchmarks for pre-algebra set by the State of Florida.

Beyond her classroom achievements, Ms. Hemby actively contributes to educational leadership and development. She mentors new teachers, chairs the Math Department, represents her grade level in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiatives and is trained in Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) methodologies. She also possesses specialized training in emergency response protocols, equipping her with the knowledge and skills necessary to aid fellow teachers in times of crisis. This training demonstrates her commitment to the safety and well-being of the school community.

As the St. Johns County Teacher of the Year, Tina Hemby will proudly represent the St. Johns County School District in the upcoming Florida Teacher of the Year competition.

Spring Break is just around the corner, so please take this time to refresh and recharge. Enjoy time with family and friends, stay safe and healthy and remember you are your child’s most prominent advocate and support in helping to ensure they finish the school year strong.

Tim Forson
Superintendent of Schools
St. Johns County School District