Special education teacher in Jacksonville finds second calling in competitive powerlifting

Teri Ivey, a special education teacher in Jacksonville who also competes in powerlifting, poses with an impressive collection of medals she's received in her short lifting career.

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Teri Ivey, a special education teacher in Jacksonville who also competes in powerlifting, poses with an impressive collection of medals she’s received in her short lifting career.

JACKSONVILLE, Texas (KLTV) – During school hours, Teri Ivey is a Special Education teacher in Jacksonville who devotes her attention to her students. After hours, she spends her time focusing on another passion, one of which involves focusing on nearly every muscle in her body: competitive powerlifting.

In Oct. 2018, Ivey was invited to participate in the Muscles for Miracles charity competition.

“Actually I just went to go do it for the fun of it. Never thought it would lead to where it’s gone in the past two years,” Ivey said.

She won the event, and people took notice.

“I said, ‘Oh my goodness, I can’t believe this chick is doing this,’” said Robert ‘Bull’ Doherty, friend and

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Jacksonville special-education school opens equestrian center

At 8, Presley Harvey is an experienced equestrienne.

Born with Down syndrome, she began therapeutic horse riding at 18 months old to build her core strength. At first, she was so weak she had to be held upright atop the horse. 

“She was so tiny up on that big horse,” said her mother, Pam Harvey.

Eventually, the riding helped build her strength and confidence. She held herself up and even progressed to trotting.

“She loves it,” her mother said.

So Presley was thrilled when the North Florida School of Special Education in Jacksonville, which she has attended for three years, opened a therapeutic equestrian center this summer. Part of an $11 million campus expansion, the center features a riding area, viewing deck and horse barn with four stables, tack room and office.

Riding lessons are available to the public.

The North Florida School of Special Education's new equestrian center — named for major donor Delores Barr Weaver — is now providing riding lessons for its own students as well as community members.

“It was awesome. She was so excited,” Harvey said. Now Presley 

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Availity, Jacksonville University Collaborate to Address Nation’s Largest Primary Care Shortage through Nurse Practitioner Education

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Jacksonville-based Availity, the nation’s largest real-time health information network, announced today a new partnership with Jacksonville University, northeast Florida’s leader in healthcare education, to expand access to primary care for millions of Floridians.

With a $100,000 donation from Availity to establish the Availity Nurse Practitioner Scholars Fund at Jacksonville University, qualified nurse practitioners (NPs) may begin to earn the educational credits needed

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