Generations of families have passed through Jennifer Jones’ classroom, where time is taken to allow children to investigate their own wonderings.
The Calamvale Community College primary teacher has dedicated more than 16 years to the College and has passionately advocated for inquiry-based learning, collaborating with others to develop transdisciplinary units of work.
Head of Program Sarah Wilson says Jennifer is “not afraid of change” and often trials new pedagogies to give her students the best head start in life.
“Jennifer is dedicated to creating capable readers and real-world problem solvers,” Sarah says.
Jennifer also works within the Chinese Immersion classroom, which involves colleagues and international visitors coming to the college to observe best practice in her classroom.
The early years teacher maintains a strong line of communication with her students’ families, making sure they are involved in every step of their child’s development.
Head of Program Nicole Lewicki says Jennifer’s passion for improving education in the younger age groups shines through in her everyday practice.
“Her programs provide her students with educationally rich and engaging learning experiences that enable students to inquire into their own learning,” Nicole says.
“She plans learning experiences that encourage students to question, try new ideas and strategies and explain their understandings in different ways.”
“Jenny’s courage to try new ideas and her ability to reflect on her own practice in order to improve her own pedagogy demonstrates her ongoing commitment to education.”
“These skills also demonstrate that after 30 years, Jenny continues to contribute to the lives of her students and peers by modelling life-long learning and a belief everyone can succeed.”
Congratulations Jennifer on your nomination.