David Martinez-Cooley, a music teacher at Leila G. Davis Elementary, has been named Pinellas County Schools' 2020 Teacher of the Year. The award was presented Wednesday night during the Evening of Excellence at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. All 131 nominees were also recognized at the event.
Martinez-Cooley has worked with the Pinellas County Schools for more than 12 years. He earned Master’s degrees in Music Education and Mathematics Education from the University of Florida. Martinez-Cooley is a recognized leader among Pinellas music educators. He serves on the district’s textbook adoption committee to choose new digital resources for the district’s elementary music students and he helped with revising and refining the district’s grade level key learnings. He has a very successful music program at the school and that success is due to his willingness to always find new and unique ways of engaging his general music students.
David Martinez-Cooley will now represent the district in the state Teacher of the Year competition sponsored by the Florida Department of Education.