Science teacher from Hillsborough County named as Florida Teacher of the Year contender

Hillsborough County High School Teacher Shines as Florida Teacher of the Year Finalist with Science-Centric Approach to Education

Blake High School in Hillsborough County has one of its own among the finalists for Florida Teacher of the Year. Science teacher Clayton Nylund was recognized for his dedication and success in making physics and engineering popular courses that students are eager to enroll in.

Superintendent Van Ayres praised Nylund, describing him as someone who not only teaches but also absorbs knowledge and culture and brings it back to the school community. Nylund’s curriculum has been so successful that it has been expanded to six other high schools in the district with close to 1,000 students participating.

Nylund teaches physics and engineering, as well as a Principles of Technology course that allows students to research, design, build, test, and compete with their projects. Students work on projects such as pinewood derby cars, catapults, rockets, bridges, and mousetrap cars while learning about circuits, coding, programming, and robotics.

Nylund’s contest essay highlighted his belief that his students should bring nothing to his class other than themselves and a focused mind. His commitment to his craft and his students has earned him recognition both within the district and statewide. The state winner for Florida Teacher of the Year will be announced in Orlando on July 25th.

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