Top Teacher – Jennifer Atkins

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Victoria, TX WW/Press/October 2, 2019 – Jennifer Atkins, English Teacher with Howell Middle School was selected for inclusion into the Top Educators of America 2019-2020 by

“I build strong relationships with my students.” – Jennifer Atkins

Jennifer Atkins has been teaching 7th grade English at Howell Middle School for 5 years. Before she became a teacher, Ms. Atkins was working in the banking industry, but her true passion was teaching and having an impact on the younger generation. It had always been a dream of Ms. Atkins to share her love of books, writing, and literature. Her students know that English requires a lot of writing and reading. Ms. Atkins’s focus is in strengthening writing skills through proper grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. Her goal is to foster life-long readers & writers. Students know her classroom is a comfortable, safe environment where they can make mistakes as they grow. She treats her students as if they were her own kids and builds relationships with them to have students for life, not just for one year.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ms. Atkins graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. degree in Communication and Media Studies, with Honors.  She was editor at her college newspaper and wrote for the magazine as well. After moving to Victoria with her husband in 2014, she landed a position as an Advertising Sales Manager at the Victoria Advocate newspaper.

Ms. Atkins is very active in the community and organizes events. She has done charities for over 15 years, and started her own fund-raiser, Stacking the Odds, in 2007 to benefit the Pittsburgh Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure.  In 2017, Ms. Atkins started a chapter of Fearlessly Girl at her middle school.  The program is intended to help young girls navigate this time and create a kinder girl world.

In 2009, Ms. Atkins was recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s prestigious 40 Under 40. Ms. Atkins received the Promise Makers award from Susan G Komen in 2012 and 2013 as a top fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Affiliate. She is also certified as a Teacher of Tomorrow in Texas, a Ruby Payne trainer for A Framework for Understanding Poverty, and an AVID Professional.

Ms. Atkins is married to her husband, Mr. Chip Atkins.

The Top Educators of America, a New York based biographical publication company, distinguishes and profiles leading educators who demonstrate recognizable success and leadership in their field. The site is valued for promoting awareness of individual accomplishments and achievements across America.

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