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Jeremy Blackwell

"Faith, Family, Music"

Jeremy Blackwell is a teacher passionate about pushing students to be the best they can be and shining a light on the best in people. Blackwell was born December 4th, 1989, in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up, he had strong connection to his grandmother, as she became one of his “greatest supporters, teachers, and cultivators of [his] make-up as an African-American man.” In his youth, Blackwell drew towards band and music. His best memory came making the All-State Band in Illinois. He had good moments and bad, as in college he broke his hand right before baseball tryouts.

Jeremy went on to attend Bethune–Cookman University and was in the Marching Wildcat Band, along with being Student Director. He started his career as an Elementary school teacher, teaching for one year. He now works as the Director of Bands for Atlantic High School, as well as coaching baseball and working as an academy director. Blackwell is great at his job, having many awards such as First Year teacher of the year, Teacher of the year finalist, Volusia County Schools Union spotlight teacher, and News 13 teacher of the week. Despite the accolades, he continues to work, and has goals such as getting an advance degree in educational leadership and an advanced degree in music to better impact students and hopefully become a band director of a collegiate band program.

When not focusing on work, Blackwell spends time with his wife Rhonda, and his son Myles. He loves preforming musically and engaging in masonry. Other hobbies include golfing and cooking, along with community involvement. He’s a member of The Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He’s served as President of the Boaz Lodge and the Ancient City Temple.

Blackwell delights himself in service, ambition, and pride. He’s learned “you can’t expect ‘you’ from everybody you deal with, you can’t take everyone with you to the top, you can’t expect everyone to reciprocate the support you give.” He understands that one must be grateful in every situation because nothing is guaranteed. He acknowledges his weakness of being too invested in non-invested people and not being invested enough in himself, and continues to be compassionate, to find the best in others, and push others to excellent. When things are all said and done, he’d like to be remembered as “a man that gave his all to the purpose of making the world a better place: Faith, Family, Music.”

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