Make A Mark

As the school year gets off to a start, keep an ear out for your kiddos talking up a special teacher. Maybe this teacher gave your child a boost of confidence when they really needed it, or inspired them to do something great. Perhaps even extraordinary! 

The Miracle Workers

There are some fabu teachers in our community transforming those little brains into working magic. These are the folks who need our community support and encouragement. Making sure our teachers are truly appreciated is important no matter what time of year.

Teacher appreciation week is always a memorable time to be grateful for our educators, but thanks to this locally supported program, that special teacher can get an added boost of recognition.

Awards Every Month

Each month an elementary, middle and high school St Johns County School District teacher will be recognized for making their mark on students. Winning teachers score a posh swag bag full of goodies from local businesses!

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The Make a Mark Campaign and Award was designed after the super adorbs book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. This led Cunningham Creek Elementary School’s 2016- 2017 Teacher of the Year, Dana Kelly to start brainstorming with Davey Hartzel, Director of Development at INK! (Investing in Kids) about how the community could come together and combine resources to encourage local educators.

Wait! I Know Someone!

If you come across such an amazing person (which you may already have someone in mind), suggest to your child that they take a moment and nominate their teacher for the Make a Mark Award, or nominate them yourself. Its a quick and sweet way to give those teachers a little extra love.

Also if you know a local business that would like to treat our teachers with a prize, please email [email protected]

Watch the Make A Mark Award Prize Patrol in action last April

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Teresa Merritt
Teresa, a fifth-generation Floridian, grew up in North Palm Beach. Her family purchased a historic Victorian "fixer-upper" house in St. Augustine in 1992. After living in Atlanta, Manhattan, and traveling extensively, she returned to the sunny coastal family home and established Jasmine's Coffeehouse – a restaurant loved by locals and tourists alike from 2004-2008. Teresa also worked as a wine consultant for several years and enjoys doing anything "foodie" related. After the birth of her son in 2015, she decided to follow in her family's 40+ years of real estate experience and join the trade. She currently works at Coldwell Banker Premier Properties where her office window overlooks the mission grounds. When she's not working with wine or real estate, Teresa is seen gallivanting around town with her son, who often persuades her to roll down the fort hills, which she happily complies - regardless of dress or weather.