- January 8, 2022
The following text was provided by Imagine School at Town Center:
A legacy is what we leave behind that is notable. A teacher’s legacy is the impact instilled for love of learning; the compassion, fortitude, and inspiration to further one’s knowledge is one of the greatest legacies one can give.
"Ms. Jessie Bear’s classroom (8th-grade English Language Arts) is warm and inviting, a haven for students to learn, meeting their basic need to feel accepted and safe."
— DEBBIE KEYSER, teacher
It is with this mindset that Imagine School Town Center’s Teacher of the Year was chosen. Our 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year is Ms. Jessie Bear.
Debbie Keyser, the decision maker for our Teacher of the Year, summed it up with the following based upon her observation and experience:
“Ms. Jessie Bear’s classroom (eighth grade English Language Arts) is warm and inviting, a haven for students to learn, meeting their basic need to feel accepted and safe.
“When speaking with Ms. Bear, her expressions of dedication and compassion for her students and their learning was clear and evident in the words she spoke, as well as everywhere you looked.
“Her classroom is arranged for student success, with the learning objectives and procedures with rubrics for work completion displayed.
“Using creative seating arrangements for student interaction, she is able to use her with-it-ness traveling about the class to assure that each student receives the understanding and justice they need for learning.
“Her lesson on the Civil Rights Movement explored the contributions and experiences of different individuals of those times advocating for social change in the novel titled: ‘Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice.’
“Ms. Bear led the students into describing the feelings of injustice felt by others and this dialogue was heartfelt and authentic.
“Becoming an instrument for change, instilling qualities of virtue and character into the minds of students is just as nourishing for the mind as food is for the body.
“Ms. Bear’s commitment to her students’ learning and the passion she provides for her students’ academic and emotional growth is inspiring.”