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Feb 12th

Friendship Academy of the Arts highlights an exceptional teacher

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photoSchool is out for the summer, and most teachers are taking a break from writing lesson plans and grading papers to vacation in various ways, but not so for one Friendship Academy of the Arts teacher, Jenna Reynolds.

Reynolds, a second year teacher at Friendship, goes above and beyond her job duties to assist other teachers and continuously looks for new ways to enhance learning for students at the school. Though Reynolds may be young and small in stature, she possesses the qualities and characteristics of great educators and demonstrates leadership skills in the classroom and on Friendship Academy's school board.

When asked to tell me a little about herself and her philosophy on education and the use of a new Promethean board she purchased with the money awarded to her from winning a Teachers and Technology Grant from Minnesota Business Partnership she responded, "I went to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. My philosophy of teaching is educating the whole child and preparing them for the obstacles they may face in their future. I'm all about pushing my students to their full potential and guiding them to find their passion for ongoing learning. I hope to play a role in closing the achievement gap that we have in society today but most importantly, I want to act as a role model, support system and facilitator of growth for my students.

"I plan to use my Promethean board as a way to integrate technology into an academic setting and prepare students to be successful in a professional world. I plan to use the board as a way to engage students in interactive activities for math, reading, science and social studies. This board will give students an opportunity to manipulate math tools in a hands on way. I feel my board will make learning vocabulary concepts and science experiments more realistic and applicable to their everyday lives. The board will push students to higher level thinking skills. Simply, this board will allow my students to get the same experience and beyond what other students and society have today.

"Upon changing grade levels, my hopes for this next school year are to be able to successfully prepare my students not only for the standardized assessments they must complete but for their educational future as a whole. I hope to gets students excited about learning and push them to advanced levels of thinking. Personally I would like to see them become independent learners who can adequately take control of their learning."

For more information about Friendship Academy and enrollment call (612) 879-6703 or visit

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