System-wide Teacher of the Year named

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Jennifer Haynes, one the four Teachers of the Year, has been selected as the System-wide Teacher of the Year and will go on to compete with teachers from across Georgia for the title of State Teacher of the Year.

“Ms. Haynes is a very engaging and encouraging teacher.  She has a genuine passion to create an awareness and appreciation for STEM related activities,” said Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of Morgan County Schools.

“We are very proud of Jennifer Haynes as she represents Morgan County as the System Teacher of the Year,” said Jay Homan, assistant superintendent. “She has done a tremendous job as the STEM teacher at Morgan County Primary School. Ms. Haynes effectively incorporates important science, technology, and math concepts into her Project Based Learning classroom as she consistently engages students in hands-on activities. She is a teacher leader and a valuable asset to our school system.”

Haynes was originally chosen to represent MCPS as Teacher of the Year for her dedication in building a strong foundation for her young students in the important subjects of math and science. Now she will represent the entire school district as System Teacher of the Year.

“Jennifer Haynes is an excellent choice to represent MCPS as the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year. Since taking on a new role as STEM teacher two years ago, she has worked diligently to collaborate with homeroom teachers to support the students’ needs in math and science. Ms. Haynes utilizes Project Based Learning to engage students in relevant tasks that involve community resources and partnerships and has made many improvements to the school through her work with the students. Ms. Haynes has also been head of the Garden Committee and provided professional learning to teachers in utilizing the outdoor classroom space. Ms. Haynes also supports our gifted learners and collaborates with teachers in serving their needs throughout the day. Ms. Haynes enthusiasm for learning is contagious as she is a lifelong learner herself always pursuing new ideas and challenging herself to be better for the students of MCPS,” said Lisa Daniel, principal of MCPS.

Haynes feels especially honored to provide Morgan County’s youngest students with their first introduction to science.

“At MCPS, our students attend STEM class as one of their activities,” said Haynes.  “STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Some people use the word STEAM which includes the letter A for Art. Kindergarteners, first graders, and second graders have the opportunity to apply the skills they are learning in authentic hands-on activities.  We do real Science. We learn how to use real science tools.  Students learn how to code on computers which promotes critical thinking and persistence. We build things. We use our garden to learn about plant and animal life cycles.  Students plant seeds and monitor the growth through to harvest.  Students are participating in taste tests of those vegetables and taking part in surveys.  They learn how to graph the results of their taste tests.  Teaching STEM allows me to integrate many subject areas into one lesson.  It is so much fun for me as a teacher to watch the students get excited and stay engaged with their learning. I am just grateful to our school leadership for providing this innovative learning environment for our students,” said Haynes.  “I am completely honored and humbled by my colleagues voting me as Teacher of the Year for Morgan County Primary School. We have great teachers here!  Our parents, teachers, and members of the community have made a strong commitment to our students, and I am proud to be a part of it. I have felt the impact of so many great teachers here in Morgan County, both as a parent and as a teacher.  Many teachers worked to help our boys achieve success, and I am so happy to be able to play a part in helping other students achieve success from an early age,” said Haynes.

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