Jolene Jenkins has taught language arts and reading for the last 14 years of her 29 teaching years at Mahaffey Middle School, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She received her Education Specialist credentials in 1994 from Austin Peay State University in Secondary Guidance and Counseling. Jolene stresses that outstanding teachers analyze students' prior learning, ascertain what they need to know, and use this knowledge to tailor instruction. They adjust the curriculum to fit the child, being flexible, experimental and having the confidence to react and adjust to changing circumstances. Jolene's colleagues describe her as a "teacher's teacher", a "moral and professional compass", and a "woman whose advice is sought and respected by all."

2002 winner, Jolene Jenkins
Jolene Jenkins Language Arts and Reading Teacher
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