Neda Jackson with Superintendent Theresa Axford

Neda Jackson, of Key West High School, has been named as the Monroe County School District Teacher (MCSD) of the Year.  Mrs. Jackson is a lead math teacher at Key West High School (KWHS) , having served the students and families for the past 21 years teaching classes ranging from Liberal Arts math to Algebra II Honors.  She has also served as a Math Coach, Athletic Director, Activities Co-Director, Coach, Social Media Contact and Club Sponsor. Her extensive content knowledge along with her passion and care for all students makes her a remarkable educator.

Superintendent Theresa Axford stated, “Neda Jackson is a brilliant educator.  Her deep understanding of math concepts allows her to create multiple pathways for students to learn with hands-on projects that show how math has application to the real world.  Her students succeed because she believes that every student can be successful if he or she tries their best. It’s a winning combination.  I am so pleased that she has been selected as Monroe County’s District Teacher of the Year.”

“Neda is an advocate for all students, particularly our students most at-risk for not graduating,” stated KWHS principal Dr. Larry Schmiegel.  “She has impeccable work ethic and works tirelessly to ensure all students are active contributors to the learning environment.  She sets high expectations for herself and others around her.”

Jackson earned a Bachelors in Science Degree from the University of South Florida and began teaching for MCSD in 2001 at Key West High School. Her diligent efforts at supporting students who need to pass the state math requirement has resulted in an increased number of students graduating.  In addition to teaching a range of math classes, she has engaged in professional development, most recently training for the Mathematic B.E.S.T. Standards and she has designed and implemented lessons aligned to the new standards using an abundance of teaching strategies and technology.  Her extra-curricular work is extensive and she is always willing to assist with after school activities.

Jackson states, “My objective is to exceed students’ expectations as a teacher and to make a difference in their lives.  I hope to inspire my students of all levels and help them reach their goals.”

The selection committee noted Mrs. Jackson’s dedication to student achievement, her experience and expertise in subject area content, and her depth of school involvement as reasons that made her stand out from the other excellent candidates.    Those outstanding school Teacher of the Year candidates include Christina Belotti (MHS), Cynthia Boyd (PKS), Ali Ferguson (POI), Stacie Gonzalez (SSE), Crystal Hendricks (HOB), Malla Horner (SLS), Cheyenne Pepper (GAE), Diana Ruiz (CSHS), and Veronika Valdes (KLS).

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