A science instructor at Yerington Elementary College has been named a finalist for the 2021 Nevada Trainer of the Yr.
Lynn Jeka, who has taught at Sure for 17 years, was notified through a latest teleconference call that she was a single of 4 finalists. The Lyon County School District publicly declared the honor final week.
“I identified out about 3 weeks ago,” Jeka reported, introducing that the course of action started previous spring. “The woman who oversees the Trainer of the Year plan experienced coordinated with (Principal Blake) Cooper. We were being on a staff members Zoom assembly and she was in the meeting and introduced it to the total employees. I was actually stunned. I realized I was competing with some outstanding educators… hundreds of people today. I am genuinely very pleased to stand for my faculty and our district at the point out degree.”
As a finalist, Jeka will work with the 2021 Trainer of the Yr, an educator from Clark County, to serve as an “educational leader, mentor and ambassador” at the state amount representing Nevada’s 27,000 educators, according to the State of Nevada Office of Training TOY site.
“The mission of the Nevada Trainer of the 12 months plan is to rejoice excellence and fortify the educating power by honoring and recognizing outstanding instructors on a college, district, condition and countrywide stage,” states the TOY web site.
Jeka arrived to Yes in 2004 immediately after finishing her next bachelor’s diploma in elementary education and learning. She begun as a third-quality trainer and sooner or later grew to become the science specialist for prekindergarten by fourth grade. In 2019, she transitioned to her current role as the Science, Technological know-how, Engineering and Arithmetic instructional coach and MakerSpace/STEM lab supervisor — all when elevating two daughters with her spouse, Chris, the Yerington Higher music trainer, and finishing her master’s degree at UNR just after becoming awarded a Lemelson Scholarship.
“Jeka’s incredible talents as an educator are rooted in her academic philosophy,” states an LCSD push launch. “She thinks that ‘education should be equitable for all college students, no matter of race, gender, language, qualities, previous experiences or geographic area,’ that ‘education need to provide a objective in building college or university or occupation prepared, knowledgeable citizens and tackle each student’s requirements and passions.’”
Jeka feels that “schools should really be doing work toward development of the entire youngster, not just instilling educational content expertise.” She has been component of an Outreach for Rural Science Instruction subcommittee, a member of the Northern Nevada STEM Leader’s Academy, a condition finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Instructing and serves as the web site coordinator for Optimistic Conduct Intervention System.
She is also a researcher for Earning Science Multilingual — which aims to make science and language inclusive for all pupils, such as multilingual learners — and oversaw the implementation of the application at Certainly this very last calendar year.
“STEM is a way for students to find out capabilities that are heading to transfer across all educational parts,” Jeka explained. “(STEM) is relevant to life past the classroom with resolving issues, collaboration, re-thinking, tests and coming up with a new approach when factors never perform doing work by means of items and becoming equipped to do the job with other individuals, deliver new tips, talk those people thoughts.”
Science and new music have always been a passionate interest for Jeka.
“I really hated faculty as a child. I was bored and truly didn’t comprehend how it all pertained to my very own existence,” Jeka explained. “Science and new music ended up the only points that kept my fascination. In school, I came to see the pleasure in understanding when I experienced more say in deciding upon classes, etc. When I was doing work as a nanny, I uncovered I really liked operating with little ones and started out to marvel if I could make elementary school as exciting and exciting as my university practical experience had been for me. Could I make a diverse discovering knowledge and enable younger little ones find that pleasure?”
It was that strategy that led her back to college or university to earn a degree in elementary instruction the place she could stimulate “students to pursue their passions and passions.”
“In recent a long time, I have also put a fantastic emphasis on fairness. I want every little one to have good quality instruction. I want each and every scholar to really feel accomplishment and see on their own as a important member of science with expertise and talents to share,” Jeka said.