Massachusetts instructor of the yr Jennifer Hedrington: ‘I train from a spot of affection’


The 2021 Massachusetts instructor of the yr stated success within the classroom is all about love, and he or she is encouraging others making their manner via pandemic studying to deal with constructing robust relationships.

“I train from a spot of affection and that’s the middle, and every little thing stems from that,” stated Jennifer Hedrington, a seventh grade math instructor at Ferryway Faculty in Malden.

Hedrington, her two younger sons and her husband have been all smiles on the Division of Elementary and Secondary Schooling workplace Tuesday morning the place she was acknowledged with the state’s prime educator award.

“It’s an honor, it’s humbling, it’s scary, it’s thrilling. I’m nonetheless making an attempt to determine what to make of this,” stated Hedrington, beaming beneath her brightly coloured face masks.

Hedrington’s 10-year-old son Ethan stated his mother was “screaming” when she came upon she had been chosen.

The Massachusetts Instructor of the Yr Program seeks out educators who exemplify the dedication, dedication and optimistic contributions of academics statewide, in line with DESE.

4 finalists, together with Hedrington, have been within the operating for the dignity together with eight semi-finalists from throughout the state.

Hedrington, a resident of Lancaster, stated she attended regulation college however fell into instructing and has been an educator for 16 years.

“I need to change into the instructor that I wanted at school that I didn’t have,” she stated.

Hedrington stated constructing robust relationships with college students and watching them develop and alter for years after they go away her classroom is the perfect a part of the job.

Throughout the tough levels of instructing throughout a pandemic, Hedrington stated educators must put emotional wants earlier than educational wants.

“Care for their emotional wants first and deal with that and every little thing else will fall into place,” she stated.

She stated she goals to attach with college students of all totally different backgrounds, “I need to symbolize the humanity and the love that’s lacking … I need to join with the human, the guts.”

Gov. Charlie Baker stated in a press release, “The relationships that academics like Ms. Hedrington construct with their college students and their college students’ households are essential to kids’s progress and improvement and have been made extra important as we proceed to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Malden Superintendent John Oteri stated Hedrington, “leads from the classroom and offers her college students a larger voice at school and locally.”

Hedrington is the 59th recipient of the award and mechanically turns into Massachusetts’ candidate for the Nationwide Instructor of the Yr program.

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