Edina teacher Jackie Roehl named 2012 Teacher of the Year
NEWS RELEASE — Brooklyn Park, MN – Jackie Roehl, a 10th-grade English teacher at Edina High School, has been chosen the 2012 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. She is the 48th winner of the prestigious award, and the first from the Edina School District. (Photo attached)
Roehl (pronounced “RAIL”) has committed to bringing the latest strategies for engaging all students at their highest levels. “It is through spreading ideas about culturally responsive teaching in my classroom and with my colleagues that I feel I have made my greatest contribution to education,” she said.
She said finding new ways to teach students from different backgrounds will be a key to solving one of the biggest challenges in Minnesota education. “Closing the racial achievement gap is a moral and ethical imperative, and we will do little to change the racial predictability of achievement without a major shift in teaching approaches and active social justice work,” Roehl said.
“Jackie has a strong belief that each of her students can and will learn and be successful. She sets very high expectations for her students and then provides them the tools to achieve those expectations,” said Mary Manderfeld, director of enrollment and school improvement for Edina Public Schools. “She is a deeply committed teacher and has a tireless work ethic in her attempt to reach all students.”
Roehl has taught at Edina High School since 1998 and holds numerous educational leadership positions within the district. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of St. Thomas.
Education Minnesota, the 70,000-member statewide educators’ union, organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program, which receives program and award support from the following organizations: SMART Technologies, The Northland Inn, the Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, United Educators Credit Union, McDonald’s Restaurants of Minnesota, TruStone Financial, Pearson Education and Education Minnesota ESI.