Music Teacher David Martinez-Cooley is Teacher of the Year

David Martinez-Cooley, a music teacher at Leila G. Davis Elementary, has been named Pinellas County Schools’ 2020 Teacher of the Year.

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 Leila G. Davis Elementary and that success is due to his willingness to always find new and unique ways of engaging his general music students.

The award was presented January 29, 2020 during the Evening of Excellence at Mahaffey Theater. All 131 Teacher of the Year nominees were recognized at the event.