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Meet Local 10′s Tribute to Teachers honorees for 2021

Local 10's Tribute to Teachers lets South Florida honor its top educators. (WPLG)

Local 10 honored five South Florida educators as part of our annual Tribute to Teachers.

See their stories below:

James Bryant, Hialeah Gardens High School


Mary Doda, Tradewinds Elementary

Mary Doda was chosen for the annual recognition from Local 10 News because she scores high with her gifted students at Tradewinds Elementary in Coconut Creek, where she’s been a teacher for seven years.

Yara Frignani, Miami Lighthouse Academy

Ms. Yara's class is comprised of sighted and visually impaired students. She has a special way of communicating with her young students through creative tactile and sensory-stimulating projects.

John Paul Jebian, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School

For 25 years, Jebian has been teaching American Sign Language and inspiring his students.

Lana Patterson, William Dandy Middle School

She may be known to students as “grandma,” but this retiring educator's tough love and high expectations have helped generations of middle schoolers achieve their best.