Last week, King High School music teacher Dr. Dakeyan Chá Dré Graham was chosen among five finalists and named Florida’s Teacher of the Year during a banquet in Orlando.
In naming him from among the more than 176,900 public school teachers in the state, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said Graham “personifies the ideals of the education profession and it is my honor to name him as Florida’s top teacher.”
Corcoran also cited Graham – who has taught at his alma mater the last 10 years – for his “innate ability to consistently inspire and motivate his students toward excellence.”
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It’s starting to sink in a bit for Dr. Dakeyan Graham... That he’s Florida’s Teacher of the Year! This afternoon, he spoke about what his win means for the school where he teaches—and graduated from—King High! @KingHSLions #FLTOY2020 pic.twitter.com/mKz7tUqFJh
— Hillsborough Schools (@HillsboroughSch) July 19, 2019