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Justin Minkel

Justin Minkel (AR '06)


Harvey Jones Elementary School
Springdale, AR

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 2

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Harvey Jones Elementary School
Springdale, AR

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 2

Biographical Information

For many people, English is more than a language—it's a path to opportunities. And that's precisely what teacher Justin Minkel has provided for his Spanish-speaking students at Harvey Jones Elementary School in Springdale. Teaching in a classroom in which English is a second language for the vast majority of students, he has helped them make significant gains in English proficiency, with nearly a third becoming fluent. His strategies include differentiated instruction, looping with students from second to third grade, using hands-on experiences to show the relevance of math concepts, and making literature, social studies and science more meaningful by connecting them to real-world experiences. He has presented these strategies to colleagues throughout the district, has served on committees ranging from math leadership to textbook adoption, and has mentored student teachers from the local university. Achievement scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills indicate that all of Mr. Minkel's students are performing at grade level or above. All this translates into one outstanding educator.

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Justin Minkel Newsletters

We're Thankful for Outstanding Educators
Nov 23, 2016

The Home Library Effect: How One Milken Educator is Transforming the Lives of At-Risk Readers
Jun 17, 2015

Justin Minkel In The News

The Long Road Ahead: What Children Need From Us After the Election of Donald Trump
Education Week Teacher  |  Nov 15 , 2016  |  Bethesda, MD

What's Right With Our Schools?
Education Week  |  Mar 14 , 2013  |  Bethesda, MD

Creating 21st-Century Teachers for 21st-Century Students
Education Week Teacher  |  Jul 17 , 2012  |  Bethesda, MD

The Home Library Effect: Transforming At-Risk Readers
Education Week Teacher  |  Jun 12 , 2012  |  Bethesda, MD

President Obama Honors Outstanding Math and Science Teachers
The White House  |  Jun 11 , 2012  |  Washington, DC

Additional Information


2013 Lowell Milken Center Fellow