My name is Jessica Anderson. I am the 2016 Montana Teacher of the Year. I'm on a mission to empower educators.
As a Montana Ambassador of Education, I choose to:
1) Empower teachers in our schools, communities, state, and nation. To empower teachers means to help them define their teaching vision, collaboratively work together to reach goals, and grow as professionals.
(2) Eliminate and Extinguish the negative rhetoric surrounding teaching by celebrating and exposing the awesome things we do as educators. This means we have to connect to share!
(3) Exceed the expectations we've set for ourselves as teachers by not being afraid to take risks, innovate, or fail forward, but to do the best we can for our students.
(4) Elevate our profession. When someone asks what we do, we must move beyond the statement of I'm just a teacher/educator. We need to promote and share what we are doing with our students. We need to demonstrate to our country that we are not just educators, we are professionals with the goal of helping our students become not perfect, but awesome citizens.
Please consider sharing your 5E story below. Responses will be published weekly to my blog throughout 2016. Thanks for your help in spreading this message and sharing your stories!