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Posted: February 10, 2016

Cleveland Teacher Sets High Expectations for Middle Schoolers

Jennifer Ek is the Pepsi/Foundation Teacher of the Month.

Jennifer Ek makes sure her students at Cleveland Middle School know that she expects nothing less than the best from them. She wants them to challenge themselves inside and outside of the classroom.  Thanks to that unswerving determination Ek is the Pepsi/APS Education Foundation’s February Teacher of the Month.

Ek says her students need to know who they are and what they are willing to do so when life challenges them they are prepared.  It is an especially important lesson for middle school students, she said.

Cleveland Principal Susan LaBarge says Ek not only pushes her students but pushes herself as well.  She takes advantage of professional development and ensures she is fine tuning her teaching continually.

This is the sixth year that Pepsi and the APS Education Foundation have honored a teacher of the month.