Liberty Junior School Teacher Named Jennings Fellow

Liberty Junior School Teacher Named Jennings Fellow
Posted on 10/03/2017
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Cheryl Zachry photoThe Martha Holden Jennings Foundation recently named Mrs. Cheryl Zachry, a science teacher at Liberty Junior School, a "Jennings Fellow." Zachry is one of 13 teachers in southwest Ohio to earn the title in 2017.

This highly regarded distinction honors master teachers in select areas of Ohio each year. Candidates, who have been nominated by their superintendents, participate in the Jennings Educators Institute during the fall. The Institute encourages and supports teachers as they strive to improve their practice. Upon completing the series, participants can earn the designation "Jennings Fellow" by taking an additional step to immediately apply what they have learned. During the next several months, they design, implement, and document lessons incorporating ideas from the Institute under the guidance of university partners. They share the outcome of their work with colleagues at the Jennings Fellows Showcase the following spring.

"Since 1959, the Jennings Foundation has recognized teachers who set an example by pursuing and implementing excellent teaching practices," remarks Dr. Daniel Keenan, the Foundation's Executive Director. "We honor the Jennings Fellows because they demonstrate a commitment to further develop their own skills, to take action, and to reflect on those practices with their peers. This is what excellent teaching is all about."

Superintendent Matthew Miller presented Zachry with a plaque at school. "Mrs. Zachry is always striving for continuous improvement. It's nice to be recognized for hard work and effort," said Eric Bauman, principal at Liberty Junior.