The fifth-graders at Emma Love Hardee Elementary in Fernandina Beach, Florida, light up when they enter the classroom of science and math teacher Jennifer Albert. Using project-based learning, inquiry-based projects, manipulatives, vocabulary games, peer mentoring and cooperative learning strategies, Albert creates a safe and trusting learning environment where students participate actively and with confidence. She works with small groups throughout the class, adeptly meeting each student at his or her level and using data to differentiate her instruction. Albert uses Kagan Structures, helping students retain critical information by incorporating movements, motions and other mnemonic strategies into her lessons. She has fun teaching, students have fun learning, and together they deliver great results: In 2016-17, 81% of Albert’s students reached proficiency in science and 79% in math on state assessments.
Albert is a trusted mentor at her school and within Nassau County Schools. She is the fifth-grade leader and has built a cohesive team that collaborates to ensure student success. Albert’s classroom is a model for STEM educators throughout the district. The resource library for beginning teachers contains video recordings of many of her lessons, and educators from around the district observe her in action in the classroom. Albert has chaired the BRIDGES (Broadening Regional Impact by Developing and Growing Excellent Schools) committee; served on the school’s Positive Behavior Support Team and STEAM Committee; and worked on the district’s Instructional Leadership Team. She has led professional development and is known as a positive leader who is always willing to help other teachers.
A dedicated educator with a sincere love of learning, Albert builds a bond with the entire family. Parents request her for their children, and she treats everyone with respect, including students, colleagues and family members. A lifelong learner who takes every opportunity to improve her own skills, Albert inspires the same love of learning in her students.
Albert earned a bachelor’s in elementary education in 1998 from the University of North Florida and a master’s in educational theory and practice in 2013 from Arkansas State University.
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