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Posted February 25, 2010

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Manzano's Huynh named teacher of the month

Pepsi Teacher of the Month Jennifer Huynh was selected by MHS principal Therese Carroll because of her exemplary instruction, her rapport with students, and her collaboration with fellow teachers.

At an assembly to celebrate Manzano High School’s diversity, a native speaker of Vietnamese who now helps English Language Learners like herself was named teacher of the month. 

Ninth and 10th grade English teacher Jennifer Huynh was surprised this week to receive the honor and a check from Pepsi and the APS Education Foundation, which began recognizing APS teachers this year for their outstanding contribution to the classroom, school and community. The Foundation randomly selects one APS school each month, and that school’s principal is asked to choose a teacher to be honored. The teachers receive a $50 check from Pepsi and acknowledgement on the APS website and Facebook page. 

Huynh was selected by MHS principal Therese Carroll because of her exemplary instruction, her rapport with students, and her collaboration with fellow teachers. 

“As a native speaker of Vietnamese, Jennifer was a very successful English Language Learner herself. She has used both her expertise and her experience as a learner to support all students in the classroom,” Carroll said. 

Huynh, who is in her second year of teaching, said she has found her chosen profession rewarding. “The rewards come with how successful the kids are,” she said. “I’d like to be that one adult they can turn to if they need to.” 

Huynh is an active participant in several district initiatives at Manzano including the Small Learning Communities grant from the U.S. Department of Education and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination). 

“As a teacher of both 9th and 10th grade English classes, including one honors section and one section team-taught with a special education teacher, Jennifer has played an active role in moving the school forward through her own creative instructional strategies as well as her collaboration with other teachers in the academy,” Carroll said. 

In addition to teaching English, Huynh is currently working with the Modern & Classical Languages Department to design a Vietnamese course. 

Carroll described Huynh as a skilled teacher who successfully uses technology, cooperative learning, open-ended and analytical questioning, writing and feedback and reinforcement to teach her students. 

Phill Casaus, executive director of the Foundation, said Huynh is representative of the great work that’s going on in classrooms throughout the district. 

“We’ve been visiting schools and honoring teachers for several months now, and I’m always impressed by the hard work, dedication and creativity going on in classrooms,” Casaus said. “I want to congratulate Jennifer and the staff at Manzano, and I look forward to honoring additional deserving teachers in the months to come.”