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Jessica Anderson, the 2016 Montana Teacher of the Year, is a science teacher at Powell County High School in Deer Lodge, MT. Along with her face-to-face classroom, she teaches oceanography to Montana students through the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA). She was chosen nationally as one of eleven BetterLesson Blended Learning Master Teachers (, is a PBS Lead Digital Innovator (top 30), a state finalist for the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST), and has received the Gold Star Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is the co-founder/moderator of #MTedchat, a participant-driven education chat on Twitter. Over the past nine years, her classroom has evolved from traditional to a self-paced, blended-gamified environment. She has presented on gamification and blended learning at several conferences included the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference and the International Society of Technology in Education conference (ISTE).


Professional Experiences

2017 NEA Teaching Excellence Award - Celebrating teachers and teaching.

2016 Montana Teacher of the Year - Promoting the 5Es (Empowering, Extinguishing and Eliminating, Elevating, and Exceeding) and looking for Bitterroots.

2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching - Representing the power of hands-on science education and blended learning.

2015 State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching - Exposing science practices that work with my students.

2015 PBS Lead Digital Innovator- Top 30 digital innovators sharing technology integration techniques that work in my classroom.

Gold Star Award for Excellence in Teaching - Exposing awesome things science students are doing in Deer Lodge, MT.

BetterLesson Blended Master Teacher- Sharing blended learning strategies and practices that the world might care about.

Classcraft Ambassador - Gamifying the blended classroom by making school different. 

Masters of Science in Science Education - Learned to take science teaching to a new level.

#MTedchat Co-Founder and Moderator - Helping Montana and global colleagues share their voices.

Conference-aholic - Networking to improve my game.

Presenter-in-training - Working every day to improve my speaking skills.