Teacher of the Year gives kids the experience first

By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

January 10, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Jennifer Schwertfeger, West Virginia’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, didn’t decide to go into education until she was past age 40. She had a comfortable position working for two well known ophthalmologists, but felt the time had come for a change.

“When my children were of junior high age, I was ready for a change, but I wanted something where I could be with them and still enjoy all the events they were going through,” she said during an appearance Thursday on MetroNews “Talkline” broadcasting live from the state capitol.

Schwertfeger was able to apply her education in the classroom at Cameron High School in Marshall County where she teaches STEM classes. Her teaching is based on a method she called “phenomenon first.” The idea, according to Schwertfeger, is to grab the students attention fast with whatever concept she’s trying to teach.