The Florida Bar Law Related Education Committee, Justice Fred Lewis and the Select Committee on Justice Teaching, selected Brevard County Civics Teacher, Ms. Jasmine
Oxley, as the 2017 Justice Teaching Teacher of the Year. Jasmine is the 7th grade civics teacher at Viera Charter School, striving to provide hands-on meaningful civics educational experiences for her students.
In addition to facilitating in-person visits by the Justice Teaching lawyer for all of her students as part of Constitution Month, she spearheaded a Harry Potter mock trial at the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Justice Center for her seventh grade students, and developed an innovative initiative using the Justice Teaching program on a regular basis in her classroom via e-mail. This dialog allows students to ask questions via e-mail to a lawyer about the judicial system, branches of government, and all issues related to civics education. Having an open dialog between a lawyer and civics education teacher has allowed the students to take an active role in their OWN civics education. Because of her idea, the students are able to ask questions in real time on civics issues of interest to them, and this provides a unique way to look at these issues.
The award was presented in conjunction with The Florida Bar Annual Convention on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Justice Fred Lewis presented this year’s award.