Jennifer Sexton, Wartburg Central High School

Teacher of the Month - September 2008

Jennifer Sexton, Wartburg Central High School

Congratulations to Jennifer Sexton, our Teacher of the Month for September.

Mrs. Sexton teaches Biology, Physical Science & Environmental Science in grades 9-12 at Wartburg Central High School.

Mrs. Sexton was nomintated by her husband, Shannon, for these reasons:

1.) She comes home every evening and plans for three different classes. She is often up until midnight and then wakes up drives an hour to get to work.

2.) She works with the resource kids that she has who may have trouble grasping material as quickly as the other children. Instead of giving up on them and letting them act up and sleep, she motivates them to do better. In fact, the last test that she gave to one of her classes the resource students scored the highest. She said they were ecstatic. This gives them hope that they can succeed.

3.) Her class had a food drive and she motivated her class to win by bringing in canned food. She said that she would match whatever the kids brought in. Well, on a teacher's salary she ran across the street to the store on her lunch time and bought $70.00 worth of canned food and her class ended up winning the food drive competition. They received a popcorn party, but this act of kindness goes far beyond a party and teaches the students that helping others is rewarding.

4.) A student that she has is losing her mother to cancer. Another student lost her father to suicide. She talks to me about how much this bothers her and tries to help these students by listening to them if they want to talk about their home lives.

5.) She has a student who has trouble focusing. To be able to focus he has to be spoken to directly and made to understand. Instead of letting this student just sit and do nothing she goes the extra mile to help these types of students. If she has a student that nay be a little ADHD she lets them help her by handing out papers or hooking up the overhead equipment to keep them busy and focused.

6.) She deserves to be recognized. Jennifer is my wife and I may be a little biased but I see how hard she works and I hear how much she cares about the children that she has in her class. She is not only an outstanding teacher but an outstanding person.

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