Math teacher Jessica Haskins recently was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
She applied for it during the 2018-2019 school year and was awarded in the beginning of August 2020. In order to apply for this award Haskins needed to submit a video of her teaching a class that demonstrated her teaching abilities, style and philosophy for teaching. She also provided a resume and satisfactory artifacts to support her claims.
Some of the claims Haskins supported throughout her essays were how she desired to learn and grow. She talked about the teachers she followed on Twitter, the professional development conferences she attended and the books she has read to advance her teachings. She also discussed her desire to lead and she has presented at conferences here in Saint Louis and to the faculty at WGHS.
“One of my major driving forces for teaching, which I talked about in the essays, is my desire to have students see that they are mathematicians and with dedication and hard work they can achieve at the highest levels of math, no matter where they are starting,” Haskins said.
Haskins worked hard to show students how to be problem solvers not just to regurgitate facts, Haskins said and she used evidence of her advancement in teaching students through a video and essays to submit. The award is given out by the National Science Foundation, and it is only awarded to one science teacher and one math teacher per each state.
“I would not say that we expected her to win but we knew that Jessica is an outstanding teacher and had a good chance to rise to the top… I am happy that Jessica’s video and essay submission did her teaching performance justice and the committee was able to see her talents,” Susan Riegel, math teacher, said.
“Applying for the award was a year-long process, my colleagues helped me refine my application and supported me. I am so thankful to them for that,” Haskins said.
Due to Covid-19 Haskins was unable to make the trip to Washington DC this year to collect her certificate and the physical award.
This is news and opinion editor Elise Wilke-Grimm’s second year on ECHO staff. She is excited to continue working on the ECHO and get lots of chances to write.
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