Finalist for Florida Teacher of the Year: Hillsborough Science Teacher

Blake High School science teacher Clayton Nylund has been named one of the five finalists for Florida Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during a surprise visit to his class by representatives from the Florida Department of Education and Hillsborough County School District leaders.

Nylund, at the age of 39, has been teaching physics and engineering at the school since 2011 and is known for his dedication to absorbing knowledge and culture, then passing it on to his students. One of his notable accomplishments is the introduction of a Principles of Technology course in 2019, which allows students to work on research, design, build, test, and compete with their projects while learning about circuits, coding, programming, and robotics.

The program has been expanded to six other high schools in the district, with nearly 1,000 students participating due to its success. Earlier this year, Nylund was named Hillsborough Teacher of the Year and emphasized in his contest essay that students in his class are expected to provide only themselves and a focused mind.

Nylund is one of the top contenders for the prestigious Florida Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced in Orlando on July 25th.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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