The official biography below was current at the time of the award.
Jennifer Wise has been teaching mathematics at Hand Middle School for the past eight years. She currently teaches Algebra I and Geometry to 7th and 8th graders.
Jennifer implements innovative lessons aimed at maximizing student engagement and encouraging mathematical discourse in her classroom. With a desire to share her excitement for mathematics and learning, she frequently includes hands-on manipulatives, data-collection activities, and technology to enhance her instruction. Recognizing the importance of multiple perspectives, she provides opportunities for students to justify their solutions and debate real-world issues based on their mathematical reasoning.
Jennifer has served as a presenter at various district, state, and national conferences. Further leadership opportunities have included serving as the Mathematics Department Head at her school, a Mathematics Facilitator for her district, and a member of the Standards Review Board for the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee. During the upcoming school year, she will be representing educators in her state as the 2017 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.
Jennifer earned a B.S. in mathematics and a M.T. in secondary mathematics from the University of South Carolina. She holds certification in middle level and secondary mathematics and has a gifted and talented endorsement.