One of the best things about the charter school community is the incredible people associated with them. Today I am writing about Jerry.
Jerry is a middle school English teacher. In fact, he taught my daughter when she was in junior high. I give Jerry credit for igniting the love of reading in her. He has that effect on students because he invests his time in his students. Jerry routinely takes small groups of students to lunch (with his own money) in order to get to know them better. He does this because he truly cares.
Jerry teaches students in a relaxed, but focused, classroom. He's studied different techniques, such as Quantum Learning, to make his classroom more engaging for students. In fact, Jerry is always open to learning new strategies and taking suggestions.
Jerry is a non-traditional teacher, though. He's not licensed. He has 2 or 3 Master's, but has never taken formal education courses. Jerry is proof that a teacher's license doesn't really mean anything about the quality of a teacher. He's one of those "naturals" that are easy to spot, even in a quick visit to the classroom. Jerry is an incredible asset to his charter school. I'm sure more students than just my daughter will remember him for the rest of her life as being an awesome teacher!