Farmington Teachers of the Year!

Farmington Teachers of the Year!
Posted on 12/13/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Farmington Teachers of the Year! Congratulations to Jenny Marshall, a math teacher at Dodge Middle School, and Matthew Grove, a social studies teacher at Farmington High School, on being chosen as the Farmington Teachers of the Year! Ms. Marshall and Mr. Grove were voted Teachers of the Year by their fellow District 192 educators. Our district is fortunate enough to have so many exceptional teachers that the vote this year resulted in a tie.

“It is very humbling to be chosen as one of Farmington’s Teachers of the Year as there are so many deserving teachers here in the district. I learn so much from the people who I work alongside daily,” said Ms. Marshall. She credits her colleagues with teaching her to dream big and go beyond the traditional approach to math education. Likewise, her colleagues credit her with a special ability to help students see beyond the classroom and engage with math on a larger scale. 

“Math is a subject where students learn to think. It is a subject where learners have the opportunity to recognize and describe patterns and relationships. It is a subject where learners use these patterns to develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the world around them,” said Ms. Marshall. Her enthusiasm for both her subject and her students is clear. 

"As I have had the opportunity to work with Jenny, I have watched how she can patiently wait for a student to work through a problem, how she quietly maintains control over her class, and how she tirelessly works to make math more than just numbers… Jenny brings professionalism and personality everyday," said fellow teacher Megan Abendroth.

“The way I approach my classroom in Farmington has largely been shaped by the experiences I have had while traveling abroad,” said Ms. Marshall. She has taught in New Zealand and Sweden, observed schools in Finland, visited museums in Germany, collected fossils in England and made a myriad of other international trips that have informed her teaching. When she isn’t teaching or traveling, Ms. Marshall enjoys continuing her own education, learning to play the ukulele, speak basic Swedish, use watercolor pencils, and fly a dual-line kite.

Matt Groves Although he teaches a different subject at a different school, Mr. Grove has something in common with Ms. Marshall. He too credits his teaching style to extensive travel. “Prior to teaching in Farmington, I had the wonderful opportunity to teach in Tanzania and in Southern Chile. These international experiences, among many other adventures around the world have shaped who I am as a person and as an educator,” said Mr. Grove. 

“I believe that quality education begins with strong relationships,” he continued, “and a genuine understanding of one another. I believe in providing a classroom environment in which all feel welcome, valued, and appreciated.”

Katy Beckman, also a teacher at FHS, shared: "Matthew Grove’s driving message is ‘compassion’… He wants students to see the world through different lenses. He has worked in orphanages in Africa, taught in Argentina, traveled solo through India, and chaperoned students through parts of Europe and China. He inspires students to explore the parts of the world they’ve only just heard of. He lives the mantra that exploring, inquiring, learning, and having compassion should never stop."

In addition to teaching social studies, Mr. Grove teaches World History and an elective course called Comparative Religions. He is a Link Crew Coordinator, an FHS Outdoors Club Adviser, a Peer Coach, and a member of the district-wide Equity Leadership Team. He has also chaperoned study abroad trips for the last several years and sits on the Farmington School Counselors Advisory Council. Outside of school he enjoys spending time with his wife, Ellen, camping, hiking, traveling, and woodworking. He even makes his own canoe paddles.   

“Being selected as the Teacher of the Year is an absolute honor, but more humbling than anything. I am the sum of every amazing teacher I have ever had and worked with, so I feel like this is actually an award for all of those people in my life, not an award for my practices alone,” said Mr. Grove.
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