Leesburg High math teacher named Florida's Teacher of the Year
Tammy Jerkins, math teacher at Leesburg High School, was named the 2018 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year at the awards gala held Thursday night (7/13/17) at Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios Orlando.
Governor Rick Scott said, "First Lady Ann Scott and I are proud to join Macy's and the Florida Department of Education to recognize the 2018 Teacher of the Year, Tammy Jerkins. I'd like to thank all of these educators for their incredible impact on Florida students and I applaud their commitment to preparing them for higher education and successful careers. The workers and leaders of tomorrow are in our classrooms today and every day, Florida teachers go above and beyond to ensure their success."
She also taught Pre-Calculus Honors and said she saw a 100-point math gain in SAT scores among her students.
While test scores offer helpful data, Ms. Jerkins said the best feedback comes from students who have graduated high school and are now in college. “Every year, I have students return to see me and tell me that they are succeeding in their math classes,” she wrote. “Just last month, three students showed up at my classroom door on different occasions to thank me for preparing them for college. Those are the best days a teacher can have.”