Hamline News

June 19, 2013

Teacher of the Year Named

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Congratulations to Jackie Polloway, an 11th grade history teacher from Coon Rapids High School. She has been named Teacher of the Year by Hamline School of Education.

Polloway was one of four finalists from a pool of hundreds of who were nominated for Teacher of the Year during a Cities 97 and Hamline University radio promotion in May. She has won an iPad and a $10,000 scholarship to Hamline School of Education. The other three finalists, Mr. Gasteazoro, Jane Hollister, and Jameson Ivey all received iPads.

On June 18, Hamline University and Cities 97 announced the winner at an event at Park Tavern in Saint Louis Park. About 50 teachers and family members of the finalists showed up to celebrate.   or the HUGE impact she has made on her students and our community!" 

Here is Polloway's nomination:
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I was never the best student in high school. I had a lot of teachers that didn't take the time to help or understand me and subsequently I struggled. I was just another face among the sea of students. I've seen Jackie spend countless hours inspiring her students and taking a genuine interest in their lives. She will get to know them in order to better understand them if given the chance. I've seen her loan prom dresses to students who don't have the means, give parents rides in the early morning so they can see their children win awards at the school, and even meet with them after they've gone to college to help them succeed. She stays late to get them caught up and to come up with solutions to help them learn. She attends events to encourage her student athletes and talented drama students. She's has helped students get more involved through Amnesty International and through Feed my Starving Children. She is a constant inspiration that I feel deserves more attention for her kindness and hard work. If I had seen a teacher this interested I feel I would have been more inspired while in school. A perfect role model for students."