This award inspires and encourages me to continue on my amazing journey as an educator. It recognizes my desire to provide the best opportunities for all students to advance their knowledge and excitement in mathematics. Being able to help young adults figure out how to self-advocate and become lifelong learners is very rewarding. I am fortunate to work with incredible students and colleagues who continue to motivate me to strive for excellence. I am honored and humbled to receive this award.

Jennifer Kelley Jackson, WY | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Jennifer Kelley has been an educator for 20 years. For eight years she has taught at Jackson Hole High School. She currently teaches Algebra, Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC to 9th-12th grade students. She currently serves as a concurrent mathematics instructor for Central Wyoming College and was formerly an instructional coach. In addition, she previously taught mathematics at Jackson Hole Middle School, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, McLean High School, The Hotchkiss School, and The American Overseas School of Rome. Jennifer creates a collaborative and engaging learning environment that provides students with enriching opportunities to explore mathematics, problem solve, and take ownership of their learning. Jennifer’s positive relationships with her students create an inclusive class culture where a diverse set of learners feel safe and respected. Her high expectations and commitment to academic excellence inspire students to exceed their own expectations. Jennifer works with students in extended day and summer credit recovery, ensuring student success at all levels in and out of the classroom. She team teaches with Special Education and English Language Learner teachers, mentors new teachers, and facilitates a professional learning community. Jennifer is a member of the leadership team, equity team, and founding member of the 9th grade intervention team. She is an AP Calculus reader for the College Board and served on the district K–12 math content team. Jennifer earned a B.A., with distinction, in mathematics and a M.T. in secondary mathematics education, both from the University of Virginia. She is certified in 6–12 mathematics and is National Board Certified in adolescent and young adult mathematics.