Jessica Tsoufiou is a quiet force at Frazer Elementary, and her effectiveness is evident in her fourth-grade math and science students’ outstanding achievement and in the admiration and gratitude she elicits from colleagues and parents.
Tsoufiou’s students are the direct beneficiaries of her hard work and cross-disciplinary approach to teaching. In 2013, 92% of Tsoufiou’s math students scored Proficient or Above and 70% ranked Accelerated/Advanced, and similar results are characteristic of her classroom. She works with students to create specific and challenging learning goals, supports their efforts with patience and warmth, and models her own love of learning to inspire students and parents alike to work as hard as she does.
Tsoufiou is an Ohio Department of Education Master Teacher and a sought-out mentor and collaborator by colleagues thanks to her talent for adopting effective and creative approaches to presenting Common Core material. For example, she has been awarded several Arts in Stark grants to bring artists into her classroom so students can engage foundational math and science concepts through art experiences. She also participates in the enriching “Eagle Eye” program, partnering with a sixth grade teacher in Cawood, England; together, they plan a year-long program that has students read common material, collaborate on projects and presentations, and interact regularly over Skype to enrich shared curriculum. This commitment to cross-disciplinary and inventive teaching methods enables Tsoufiou to reach every student in her room.
In addition, Tsoufiou participates in the Building Lead Team to improve instructional practices and student performance in her school and district, founded the Kid Teacher Organization to develop and promote student leadership in the school community, and coaches the Girls on the Run fitness program. She is a sought-after teacher among parents, and often has former students return to her classroom to help out and visit. Tsoufiou’s leadership, dedication and gentle manner translate into exceptional student success and elevate her school community.