Spend a few minutes with Jennifer Brown and one thing is readily apparent–her days in the classroom at Vestavia Hills high school are not about a job, they are about a passion.
“I am passionate about student achievement, because I believe that all students can succeed.” she says. No doubt the passion she brings to her science classes is one reason she was chosen as Alabama’s Teacher of the Year for 2015-16.
However, her career path was headed toward nursing, not education, as an undergrad at UAB. But this changed when she was asked to help coach the softball team at Pleasant Grove high school, her alma mater.
“Before the first practice ended I discovered that I loved teaching the game of softball,” she recalls. She soon switched her major to Secondary Science Education and is now in her 17th year in the classroom.
Today a lot of Brown’s passion is directed at the proposed RAISE Act which she believes will only have detrimental effects on student learning.