Nine Parker County educators were among 34 teachers from across the region honored by Weatherford College at the 2013 Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers celebration on Jan. 25 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.
In its 17th year, the Harvey Academy recognizes exemplary teachers in the memory of Professor Emeritus Jack Harvey, who taught at WC for 23 years and was considered among his peers as a “master teacher.
The nine Parker County teachers, and comments made in support of their nominations, are:
• Jessica McCane, high school physics teacher at Aledo ISD.
“Mrs. McCane is exemplary because she combines subject knowledge with the ability to connect with her students. She is a demanding teacher and has very high expectations for her classes; but the students absolutely love her. She has been with our school district for eight years as a teacher and currently serves as a department chair. Jessica is a truly gifted teacher that incorporates new technology into her classroom each day. She has started using a new program to record her lessons and place them online for the students to access after school for additional review. Mrs. McCane is a key faculty member in expanding our technology usage and modeling how it can assist our students outside of our campus.”
• Jamie Whitehead, high school science teacher at Brock ISD.
“Jamie Whitehead is a tireless worker. She gets success out of students when they least expect it. Our science scores and commended levels have improved dramatically under Ms. Whitehead. She loves to teach and it shows.”
• Erin Jones, sixth-eighth grade math teacher at Garner ISD.
“Erin Jones loves math; but, more importantly, she loves teaching math and making math fun and understandable for her students.”
• Marti Hungate, third grade language arts teacher at Millsap ISD.
“Marti Hungate is exemplary because she authentically engages students in the wonderful world of reading. She is a lifelong learner and avid reader that has a passion for learning and imparting that knowledge to students. Mrs. Hungate not only maintains high expectations for herself and her students, but she also does whatever it takes to help her students become successful. She makes every student believe that reading can take you anywhere you want to go.”