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MCPS Teacher Nationally Recognized as “Gold Star Teacher of the Year”


Gregory Davis, Public Relations Officer

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MCPS Teacher Nationally Recognized as

“Gold Star Teacher of the Year”


MARION COUNTY – Jenny Hoosac, a fourth-grade teacher at Sunrise Elementary School, has been declared the first-ever “Get Your Teach On” (GYTO) Gold Star Teacher of the Year.


Hoosac is a 12-year teaching veteran and a Dunnellon High School graduate.


GYTO is a professional development organization for educators. The organization leads conferences sharing passion and enthusiasm for education while giving tips, tricks, best practices, and teacher secrets to building a successful, engaging, and rigorous classroom.


The nomination-based competition was held nationwide, where Hoosac was the only Marion County Public School representative selected in the Top 25. A GYTO selection committee then narrowed down a Top 10 from which Hoosac was selected as the winner.


As the 2021 Gold Star Teacher of the Year, Hoosac will receive a three-day Disney vacation for two (including airfare and hotel stay), a $200 Imaginex Ears gift card, a $1,000 Really Good Stuff gift card, a College Football Playoff Foundation Extra Yard for Teachers prize pack, and a cash scholarship for her classroom.


The Gold Star Teacher of the Year award was created to uplift educators after the pandemic. GYTO describes the award as a way to spotlight educators who go above and beyond in the classroom, in their community, or in supporting students, their families, and their colleagues.


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