Florida’s 2020 Teacher of the Year is a band director and product of Hillsborough County public schools

Dakeyan Graham. Photo, Florida Department of Education

Dakeyan Graham, known by his students as “Dr. Dre,” is Florida’s 2020 Teacher of the Year.

He’s the director of bands and director of instrumental studies at his alma mater, C. Leon King High School in Hillsborough County, according to the school’s website.

He has a bachelor’s and master’s in music education from the University of Florida; a master’s in educational leadership from Concordia University and a doctorate in music education from the University of South Florida,  according to the Department of Education’s news release.

“Dr. Graham personifies the ideals of the education profession and it is my honor to name him as Florida’s top teacher,” Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said in a statement.

“A world class education led by a high quality teacher is the catalyst for students realizing their full potential,” Corcoran said, “and I commend Dr. Graham for his innate ability to consistently inspire and motivate his students toward excellence. I look forward to working with him during the coming year.”

As Teacher of the Year, Graham will serve for one year as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education, according to the education department, “working to create greater public awareness of Florida’s exceptional teachers and the education profession. He will have the opportunity to promote and celebrate the countless contributions of Florida’s teachers, provide professional learning opportunities to educators and recruit future teachers into the education profession.”

Graham also will receive from the Florida Prepaid College Board a two-year Florida College scholarship worth $8,000 to give to a student of his choice.

You can see more about Graham on the King High School Marching Lions website.

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