The official biography below was current at the time of the award.
Jina Bradford has been an educator for 15 years and has spent the last eight years teaching all subjects for kindergarten at STEM Lab in Adams 12 Five Star School District. Previously, she taught second grade and kindergarten at Cherry Drive Elementary for seven years.
Jina’s leadership is demonstrated through her participation in the school visionary leadership team and the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support team. She has also served on a team that analyzed systems and curriculum for the district.
Jina’s passion for STEM learning is apparent through her teaching of peers as well as her current afterschool club. She has co-taught classes at the STEM Institute in Colorado, educating teachers on what STEM looks like at a primary level. Jina’s LEGO Robotics club teaches problem solving skills to kindergarten students who work collaboratively to create and build robots.
Jina continues to enhance her knowledge by attending professional development including classes to support students with autism and dyslexia. In addition, she works to increase her knowledge around strategies on how to implement interventions in mathematics and literacy.
Jina earned a B.A. in behavioral science with an emphasis in education from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a master’s in curriculum and design from the University of Phoenix. Jina is certified in kindergarten through fifth grade.