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Duval Teacher To Be Honored For Memorable Work

Northeast 20th Street, which borders Charles W. Duval Elementary School, has been dedicated to Gloria Jean Merriex since her 2008 death. Merriex was influential in turning around the school’s academic performance.

At Charles W. Duval Elementary School in Gainesville, there was one teacher who stood out for her fun-loving teaching techniques. “The kids knew, when you get to fifth grade, you get to have Ms. Merriex,” said Wanza Wakeley, former Duval curriculum resource teacher. Shortly after Duval became the first school …

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