Jensi Andrus-Kellogg of Watertown is one of 23 teachers nationally to be named an All American Teacher of the Year by the National Math and Science Initiative, or NMSI. The teachers were honored at a May 26 luncheon in Washington, D.C.
Andrus-Kellogg teaches at Watertown High School and is also part of South Dakota’s Learning Power online instructional program. Through Learning Power, she teaches advanced placement biology via the South Dakota Virtual School. She received her honor for her role as a Learning Power teacher.
A grant from NMSI initiated South Dakota’s Learning Power program, providing online advanced placement courses in math, science, and English.
NMSI noted that Andrus-Kellogg, as co-author and teacher for an advanced online biology class, is opening college opportunities and possible career opportunities for students in rural schools—opportunities that in the past would have been much more difficult to obtain.
Her students attested to her teaching prowess, calling her an “excellent example for online teachers everywhere,” and noting her “unfailing energy and enthusiasm for teaching.”
NMSI was launched in 2007 by leaders in business, education and science to reverse the nation’s decline in math and science instruction. The organization works to expand the number of students mastering advanced placement courses, and to recruit and prepare college students to become highly qualified math, science, and computer science teachers.