“I am sometimes the only person that may encourage students to become anything that they want to be; teaching offers the opportunity to be that spark to so many students,” says Eleanna Hurst. As a third generation educator, Hurst’s mission is to develop well-rounded, literate, problem-solvers and thinkers, who will become productive members in society. Under her leadership, third grade students earned the highest number of percentage points in Broward County on the 2016 Florida State Assessments. Hurst is “a phenomenal teacher and a tremendous asset,” says her principal Dr. Tracy Jackson.