Nicole Harris, Amy Beres, and Mackenzie McNickle. (Images courtesy of Alachua County Public Schools.)

Alachua County Teacher of the Year To Be Revealed Thursday


This year’s Robert W. Hughes Teacher of the Year Celebration will be held virtually Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The finalist will be chosen to represent Alachua County Public Schools in the Florida Teacher of the Year Program.

The honorees include Mackenzie McNickle, Amy Beres and Nicole Harris who were selected by previous honorees.

McNickle is a math teacher for 2nd through 5th-graders at Stephen Foster Elementary School. She has taught at Foster for nine years.

Beres is a music teacher at Howard Bishop Middle School. She has been a faculty teacher at Bishop since 2007 and has been the school’s band director for more than 10 years. Prior to her tenure at Bishop, she also taught at Mebane Middle School.

Harris is an English and African-American History teacher at Gainesville High School. She has taught at Gainesville High for eight years, where she has piloted a writing course for an academic program affiliated with Cambridge University.

All honorees will also receive a cash award and other gifts contributed by local businesses, civic organizations and other groups and individuals.

About Santiago Chacin

Santiago Chacin is a general assignment reporter for WUFT. He can be reached at or (352)294-6397

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