JAM Paper 2019 Teacher Scholarship Award Winner Interview

An Interview with JAM Paper's 2019 Teacher Scholarship Award Winner

Congratulations to Jacob Growe, JAM Paper's 2019 Teacher Scholarship Award winner, and good luck with all of your future endeavors!

In your essay, you’ve chronicled your struggle with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) from an early age, and how it shaped your path into becoming an elementary school teacher. What has it been like combating your ADD throughout your education career? Or have you learned to manage it so it doesn’t interfere too much in your work?

During my last year of high school, I stopped taking my Ritalin; I never told my parents, so hopefully they never find out! I found that while the medication helped me concentrate, it also stifled my personality and it made it hard for me to be me. In that year I taught myself how to manage my ADD and use it to my advantage, which would turn out to be a great asset in college. It made has given me organization and time management skills that would prove to be invaluable in planning lessons and staying on top of my other teaching responsibilities.

Where has your career in education taken you so far? You’ve mentioned your eye-opening experience in a third grade classroom that further cemented your decision to pursue an elementary education degree.

My career in education has literally taken me around the world. Though I began teaching in Arizona, I have taught in Mexico, South Africa, Germany and I am now currently in Brazil. Though I have taught middle school before, I quickly realized that it wasn’t for me. When I began taking courses in education, I always knew that I wanted to be an elementary school teacher and I frequently asked myself ,“Which teacher would I most want to be like?” My third grade teacher always always stuck out in my mind as the one who inspired me. She was always caring and took the time to know each of her students. She had a great sense of humor and always made lessons engaging.

You talked about identifying with those students who sit “in the back trying to go unnoticed.” How have you been able to get their attention and make learning fun for them? Are there any useful tips you can share with your fellow educators or parents?

One of my strengths as a teacher has always been building rapport with my students and it's something that I try to do at the beginning of each year. For those students who are like me, I try and spot them early and make it a point to get to know their interests. I find that when you can build positive relationships with kids, they become more eager to engage. Whether you are a teacher or parent, the key is to build positive relationships that foster open-mindedness and cultivate perseverance.

What has teaching others taught you about yourself?

Being an educator has taught me many things of great deal about empathy, patience, and humility. My experience has primarily been in other countries with students, colleagues, and parents who often do not speak English as their first language. This has also taught me to think creatively about how to solve problems.

Your college counselor was the one who steered you into considering a major in education, and you were ultimately grateful for this life-changing advice. Down the road, would you ever consider transitioning into a career in school counseling? Or are you content influencing students’ lives as a full-time classroom teacher?

Though I am embarrassed that I cannot remember the name of my college counselor who suggested education as a career path, the thought of entering into school counseling has crossed my mind. While I do love being in the classroom with students, I have set my sights on being an influence for my fellow colleagues instead. I am currently enrolled in the Educational Leadership program with principal certification through Northern Arizona University. I have been studying while abroad here in Brazil and will graduate in June 2020. As a leader, I hope to work side-by-side with teachers to make decisions that are best for students.

And last but not least, what is your favorite JAM Paper school/office supply, and why?

My favorite JAM Paper office supply are the Sharpie Fine Point Markers. Part of how I stay organized is making sure that things are properly labelled, which is why I love these markers. They write smoothly, rarely smudge, and come in a variety of colors. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Interview conducted by Diana Oliveira, Ecommerce Content Writer at JAM Paper & Envelope.

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JAM Paper's Teacher Scholarship Award

Key Summary:

  • This article provides an in-depth interview with the winner of JAM Paper's 2019 Teacher Scholarship Award, highlighting their inspiring story and achievements.
  • Readers will gain insights into the significance of the award in supporting educators and promoting professional development.
  • The article also covers the selection process, criteria for the award, and tips for educators on applying for scholarships and grants.

Each year, JAM Paper recognizes outstanding educators through their Teacher Scholarship Award, providing support and recognition for their dedication to teaching. This article delves into the inspiring journey of the 2019 winner, showcasing their achievements and the impact of the award on their career. Additionally, readers gain valuable insights into the selection process, criteria for the award, and tips for educators looking to apply for scholarships and grants. Stay tuned to learn more about the real-world impact of JAM Paper's Teacher Scholarship Award and how it has positively influenced educators and students alike.

Background of JAM Paper's Teacher Scholarship Award

JAM Paper's Teacher Scholarship Award was established to recognize and support educators who demonstrate exceptional dedication to their profession. The award aims to provide financial assistance to teachers pursuing further education or professional development opportunities. Since its inception, the scholarship has helped numerous educators advance their careers and make a positive impact in the classroom.

Educational Impact

By offering financial support to teachers, JAM Paper's Teacher Scholarship Award enables educators to enhance their skills and knowledge, ultimately benefiting their students. The award not only recognizes individual achievements but also contributes to the overall improvement of education quality.

Selection Process and Criteria for the Award

The selection process for JAM Paper's Teacher Scholarship Award is rigorous and thorough, ensuring that deserving candidates are chosen. Educators are typically required to submit an application detailing their achievements, goals, and the impact they have had on their students. A panel of judges reviews the applications and selects the winner based on criteria such as dedication to teaching, innovation in the classroom, and future plans for professional development.

Application Requirements

Applicants are often asked to provide letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a personal statement outlining their teaching philosophy and goals. Meeting these requirements demonstrates a commitment to excellence in education and a desire to further one's impact in the field.

Who Should Apply for this Scholarship

Educators who are passionate about their profession and dedicated to making a positive impact in the classroom

Teachers looking to further their education or professional development to enhance their teaching skills

Individuals who have innovative ideas for improving student learning outcomes and classroom engagement

When to Consider Applying for this Award

When seeking financial assistance to support further education or professional development opportunities

When looking to gain recognition for dedication to teaching and commitment to student success

When wanting to be part of a community that values and supports educators in their career growth

Examples of Successful Scholarship Recipients

John Smith, 2017 winner, used the scholarship to pursue a Master's degree in Education and implement a new STEM program at his school

Amy Johnson, 2018 winner, utilized the award to attend a national conference on innovative teaching strategies and implement project-based learning in her classroom

Mark Davis, 2020 winner, used the scholarship to develop a mentorship program for new teachers in his district and enhance student engagement through technology integration

What Sets Our Scholarship Award Apart

JAM Paper's Teacher Scholarship Award stands out from other scholarships by not only providing financial support but also recognizing the dedication and impact of educators. The award goes beyond just funding education by celebrating the achievements and innovative practices of teachers. This unique approach fosters a sense of community and support among educators, creating a network of like-minded professionals striving for excellence in education.

Community Engagement

Winners of the scholarship become part of a community of educators who share best practices, collaborate on projects, and support each other's professional growth. This sense of community extends beyond the financial support and provides ongoing opportunities for networking and learning.

Various Ways to Utilize the Scholarship

Educators who receive JAM Paper's Teacher Scholarship Award have the flexibility to use the funds in a variety of ways to support their professional development. Whether pursuing advanced degrees, attending conferences, or implementing innovative projects in the classroom, the scholarship can be tailored to meet the unique needs and goals of each recipient.

Professional Development Opportunities

The scholarship can be used to cover tuition costs, travel expenses, materials for classroom projects, or any other expenses related to professional development. This flexibility allows educators to design a plan that aligns with their career goals and aspirations.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Scholarship Experience

Receiving a scholarship is a great honor, but maximizing its impact requires careful planning and strategic use of the funds. Educators can make the most of their scholarship experience by setting clear goals, seeking mentorship, and actively engaging with the educational community.

Setting Clear Goals

Before using the scholarship funds, take the time to outline specific objectives and milestones you hope to achieve. Whether it's completing a degree program, implementing a new teaching strategy, or publishing research, having clear goals will help you make the most of the opportunity.

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