HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Our Tools for Teachers $319 award recipient this week is Jessica Halverson, a 4th grade teacher at Crestline Elementary in Hartselle. She was nominated by a Donna Casteele, a mother grateful for the education her son received in Ms. Halverson's class.
Like many of the standout teachers we recognize through the school year, Ms. Halverson didn't originally set out to become a teacher. Her original degree was in communications, but she couldn't ignore the call to educate, so she went back to school and got her degree in education.
Crestline principal Robin Varwig credits Ms. Halverson's success to the way she adapts her teaching style to best suit each individual student.
"She understands that not all students learn at the same pace..that they each have strengths and weaknesses that they need to grow in, and she works diligently to make sure that she finds how to help each child," Varwig says.
Halverson's goal for her students is that they learn real-life lessons of cooperation through small-group activities. She wants them to "be able to work with groups of people and collaborate with each other, and to be able to be problem solvers and critical thinkers."
Being a mother herself, she also tries to foster a maternal environment where every child feels loved.
This mother of two tells us "I like to give hugs and I love them just like they were mine."
If you know a worthy teacher, coach, principal, or aide, tell us about them through the Tools for Teachers nomination form.