Fifth-grade teacher Jennifer (Theroux) Hines brings energy, enthusiasm and expert teaching strategies to her dynamic, full-inclusion classroom at Hampden Meadows School in Barrington, Rhode Island. A master of differentiated instruction, (Theroux) Hines collaborates with a special education co-teacher to teach the same material to students with widely differing ability levels. In her classroom, special needs students collaborate on projects with high-performing peers, and while some students read using supplemental materials, (Theroux) Hines gives all of her students' comments equal weight during discussions. She uses Six Traits of Writing to help students monitor their own progress as writers, and frequently engages them in hands-on projects involving real-world applications of subject matter. (Theroux) Hines not only teaches students how to use technology but helps them use it to learn the curriculum. She has played a key role in acquiring software and hardware for the school through grants and the parent-teacher organization, of which she is a former president. Her students demonstrate high performance each year on the New England Common Assessments Program (NECAP) in reading and math, and make substantial improvements in writing. (Theroux) Hines maintains a strong connection with parents through newsletters, email correspondence, biweekly work folder reviews, team- and student-led conferences and a class Web site. She is a grade-level team leader and a mentor to new and student teachers, and serves on several school district committees for technology and curriculum development.
1990 Roger Williams University, B.A.
National Board Certification 2009 - Middle Childhood Generalist
Johnson and Wales University, M.Ed. Teaching and Learning