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Education Honor is Music to his Ears

Author: Helios Education Foundation

July 24, 2019

Dr. Dakeyan Chá Dré Graham, Band Director at C. Leon King High School in Hillsborough County, was named the 2020 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year.  

“Congratulations to Dr. Dakeyan Chá Dré Graham,” said Charles Hokanson, Senior Vice President, Florida Community Engagement. “Helios is proud to partner with the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation to support the Teacher of the Year Gala and recognize the amazing job done by Florida’s educators.” 

The Florida Teacher of the Year Program celebrates dedicated educators making a difference the lives of children throughout Florida’s K-12 school districts. Each year, Florida’s 67 school districts name their respective District Teacher of the Year. These top educators are selected based on criteria which includes excellence in instruction, student gains, community involvement, and leadership. Five District Teachers of the Year are named Teacher of the Year Finalists and, from those, one statewide winner is selected as the Christa McAuliffe Ambassador for Education.

 Dr. Graham holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education (University of Florida), a Master’s in Educational Leadership (Concordia University) and a PhD in Music Education (University of South Florida). Dr. Graham, affectionately known as “Dr. Dré” to his students, brings both knowledge and passion to his role at C. Leon King High School, his alma mater, where he has taught for over ten years. 

The dedication to excellence shown by Florida’s inspiring educators drives Helios’ commitment to ensure all students experience the transformational power of education. 

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