Tech­nol­ogy teacher pre­sented with award

Jeff Con­ner rec­og­nized for teach­ing abil­i­ties

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Jeff Con­ner, a tech­nol­ogy ed­u­ca­tion teacher at Fugett Mid­dle School in the West Ch­ester Area School District, has re­ceived the Tech­nol­ogy and En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Penn­syl­va­nia’s (TEEAP) Mid­dle School Teacher Ex­cel­lence Award.

The award, which was pre­sented on Nov. 11 dur­ing TEEAP’s 64th an­nual con­fer­ence, is one of the high­est hon­ors given to tech­nol­ogy and en­gi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion class­room teach­ers, and is pre­sented in recog­ni­tion of the re­cip­i­ent’s out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the pro­fes­sion and to their stu­dents.

“I was shocked when I heard the news, be­cause there are so many great ed­u­ca­tors across the state and to be rec­og­nized by TEEAP is truly an honor,” said Con­ner. “I hope that this award will help peo­ple see the great things our stu­dents are do­ing in our Tech­nol­ogy and En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram here at Fugett Mid­dle School and through­out the en­tire West Ch­ester Area School District.”

Re­cip­i­ents of the award are se­lected on the ba­sis of their demon­strated abil­i­ties in the class­room, and should be per­ceived by peers and col­leagues as a su­pe­rior teacher. Award re­cip­i­ents should be com­mit­ted to seek­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, and should also con­tribute to the pro­fes­sion through on­go­ing ser­vice.

Con­ner cur­rently teaches tech­nol­ogy and en­gi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion to sixth-, sev­enth-, and eighth-grade stu­dents at Fugett Mid­dle School, where he has taught for the past seven years. In his class­room, he of­fers prob­lem-solv­ing based learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties through the uti­liza­tion of STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, and math) prin­ci­pals. He takes pride in of­fer­ing a safe and wel­com­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for his stu­dents, and dif­fer­en­ti­ates his in­struc­tion in an ef­fort to meet the needs of the school’s di­verse stu­dent pop­u­la­tion. Through their work in his class­room, Con­ner’s stu­dents ex­plore the world of tech­nol­ogy and fre­quently make real-world con­nec­tions while think­ing in a global con­text. Stu­dents leave his class­room in­spired and equipped to be­come life­long learn­ers.

“Teach­ing stu­dents to be cre­ative prob­lem-solvers through in­te­gra­tive STEM ac­tiv­i­ties is my pas­sion,” added Con­ner, “and I look for­ward to com­ing to school ev­ery day to help in­spire our stu­dents to achieve their per­sonal best.”

The In­ter­na­tional Tech­nol­ogy and En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion will for­mally honor Con­ner for his re­ceipt of the TEEAP’s Mid­dle School Teacher Ex­cel­lence Award at a cer­e­mony in March 2017.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — WEST CH­ESTER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Jeff Con­ner, a tech­nol­ogy ed­u­ca­tion teacher at Fugett Mid­dle School in the West Ch­ester Area School District, was re­cently pre­sented with the Tech­nol­ogy and En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion of Penn­syl­va­nia’s Mid­dle School Teacher Ex­cel­lence Award.

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