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Jeremy Raper (AL '11)


Bob Jones High School
Madison, AL

Subject(s) taught: Engineering
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

At the time of the Award, Jeremy Raper was:

Bob Jones High School
Madison, AL

Subject(s) taught: Engineering'TeacherPage'&StaffID=145223

Biographical Information

A former NASA scientist working on his Ph.D., Jeremy Raper is the brains behind the Bob Jones High School Engineering Academy. Raper created a three-part series of engineering classes culminating in a senior internship in which students work for an Alabama-based business -- effectively prepping them for college and career.

Under his leadership, engineering has become the most popular elective at Bob Jones. Raper’s advanced-level lessons are engaging and include a heavy emphasis on group projects. Encouraging students to help each other through the learning process, Raper’s assessment process marries theory with application. An innovative teacher aligned with the new EDUCATE Alabama standards, Raper formed robotics and rocketry teams and led students in designing a robot to participate in ground-breaking ceremonies for a new school site.

Raper’s school consistently outperforms other schools in the state in proficiency. His students graduate in the top 10 percent of their class and won an engineering contest--a feat previously only accomplished by college teams.

In the leadership realm, Raper coaches other teachers and helps colleagues with project-based assessments. He is also working to establish instructional programs for his locale’s new sister high school, which he is helping to design. A key player in fostering professional development, Raper has participated in state-level staff committees and developed partnerships with the community to strengthen the engineering program. Raper is a member of the Building Leadership Team, along with many other regional, district and state staff committees.

Personal Message

What an amazing ride this has been so far! Everyone says this is just the beginning, so I cannot believe what could be next.

Related Connections

Milestone: Jeremy Raper (AL '11) Joins AL Governor's First Teacher Cabinet

Jeremy Raper In The News

UAHuntsville student Jeremy Raper recipient of prestigious Milken Award
The University of Alabama in Huntsville  |  Dec 25, 2011  |  Huntsville, AL

Cyber security lays foundation
The Madison County Record  |  Dec 05, 2011  |  Madison, AL

Bob Jones High School teacher Jeremy Raper wins $25,000 Milken Educator Award
The Huntsville Times  |  Nov 16, 2011  |  Huntsville, AL

Unsuspecting educator receives Milken Educator Award
WAFF 48  |  Nov 16, 2011  |  Huntsville, AL

Madison City Teacher Wins 'Education Oscar'
Alabama Department of Education  |  Nov 16, 2011  |  Montgomery, AL