Cultivating a love of historical literacy and learning

Kenneth Palmer

When Dr. Jennifer Jaso tells individuals she teaches middle college, most folks react the very same way: “Wow. Thank goodness for you.”  

The Sarasota Middle College background and essential thinking trainer has taught for 17 several years, most of those grades 6 by way of 8. She enjoys it. 

Last fall, Jaso’s friends at Sarasota Middle College distinguished her as Instructor of the Yr. Of the 43 Instructor of the Year nominees throughout Sarasota County, she was chosen as a single of a few finalists for district Teacher of the 12 months, and sooner or later gained the district’s best honor. 

Jaso’s recognition did not stop there. In May perhaps, she discovered that she was a major-5 finalist for the Florida Trainer of the 12 months. For the 2nd yr in a row, a Sarasota County educator experienced gained this distinguished honor. 

Though not solely cozy with the spotlight, Jaso stated she was “honored to advocate for history teachers, to represent my learners, stand for their mothers and fathers, represent my university and my colleagues on that variety of platform.”   

Jennifer Jaso, Sarasota County's 2022 Teacher of the Year.

Jaso is a tireless advocate for historic literacy whose passion for the matter led her to earn her Doctor of Education degree. With fellow educators, Jaso also started the Florida Council for Historic Education, a nonprofit that advocates for historic literacy and producing heritage extra obtainable.  

Though Jaso did not in the long run receive prime honors as Florida Teacher of the 12 months this previous summer at a gala reception in Orlando, the practical experience has been hugely gratifying. She satisfied 4 other incredible educators, with whom she continues to be in speak to these days. Jointly, they advocate for the profession of teaching, and Jaso has elevated her advocacy of historical literacy. 

Through her journey to district Trainer of the Calendar year and finalist for the Florida Instructor of the Yr, Jaso credits so considerably of her good results to her learners, colleagues, and administrators.

“It will come from them as properly,” Jaso said of these honors. She appreciates how interconnected educating is and how an complete school have to get the job done together to obtain a thriving finding out natural environment.    

Jennifer Jaso, Sarasota County's 2022 Teacher of the Year, in her classroom at Sarasota Middle.

“My amount-a single inspiration considering that I’ve entered the occupation [are] my colleagues,” Jaso mentioned. “They provide a wealth of knowledge at any stage.” 

The do the job Jaso and her colleagues do, as she famous, could not be much more essential: “Whether you’re training, or you’re an aide, you’re a cafeteria worker — we all have an opportunity to actually, seriously improve life and make a distinction.” 

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