Jefferson teacher is finalist for national award

dsc_0015Jefferson Middle School math teacher Jana Dean is one of six teachers selected as a state-level finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

“Ms. Dean offers a clear connection between the lesson activities and the lesson objective,” said Jefferson Middle School Principal Michael Cimino. “Warm-up activities are tied to the homework and investigation practices. Her classroom culture is cognitively vibrant emphasizing the importance of learning. Both the teacher and students set high expectations; this includes quality work, making corrections, valuing others’ opinions and thought processes, listening skills and helping others.  There is a mutual respect among students and the teacher to work toward their full potential.”

The six state-level finalists are:


  • Jana Dean, Jefferson Middle School (Olympia School District)
  • Tricia Hukee, Daffodil Valley Elementary (Sumner)


  • Kimberly Astle, Fishers Landing Elementary (Vancouver)
  • Julie Fry, Roosevelt Elementary (Yakima)
  • Veronique Paquette, Kenroy Elementary (Eastmont)
  • Kitten Vaa, Brighton School (Private school, Mountlake Terrace)

Read more about the prestigious national award on the district website.