Gustavo Guzman, an alumnus of Edward Waters University, was recently announced as the 2024 Vystar Duval County Teacher of the Year at the 33rd annual EDDY Awards, which recognizes outstanding educators. Guzman was selected on Saturday evening from a pool of 180 top teachers representing each school in the county.

EWU President and CEO, A. Zachary Faison Jr., J.D., said that Guzman is the embodiment of the Emerging Eminence being produced at EWU.

“A 2021 psychology major scholar graduate, Mr. Guzman was a student-athlete and student leader at Edward Waters where he excelled as a high achiever in the classroom and as a stellar EWU track and field team member,” President Faison said. “Even more, he has continued to support his alma mater through the giving of his time and treasure as a coach for our EWU cross country teams. Congratulations Gustavo. You have made the entirety of Tiger nation exceedingly tiger proud.”

Guzman, a third-year teacher, stands out as the first in his family to attain a college degree. As per Jacksonville’s Public Education Fund’s report, his classroom management techniques and instruction were executed with great success, as evidenced by a remarkable 22% increase in test scores in one of his classes last year. He will represent the school district in a competition named Teacher of the Year. Also, he will receive a cash prize and classroom grant from the Deerwood Rotary Club and Florida Blue for his accomplishments. As an ex-officio JPEF board member, he joins a select group of previous Teachers of the Year.