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JC Schools Announces 2020 Eisinger Awards for Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Educator

JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City School District and the Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation are proud to announce the 2020 Eisinger Awards for Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Educator. The Eisinger Award recipients were chosen from a field of full-time certified teachers, school librarians, guidance counselors, and instructional coaches who were nominated by administrators, colleagues, parents, and students for possessing the qualities of a great educator. See the video of the winners being surprised here.

2020 Eisinger Teacher of the Year, Jacob Baker

The recipient of the 2020 Eisinger Teacher of the Year award is Mr. Jacob Baker, an eighth grade science teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Mr. Baker comes from a long line of educators and became an educator himself because he wanted to impact the lives of others.

In his interview Mr. Baker said, “I want my kids to know that I love them, and I care about them, and I want to change their lives. That’s why I do what I do. Teaching is not about changing every kid, it’s about teaching every kid how to change themselves. Then they never have to be afraid to fail ever again!” See more from Mr. Baker’s interview here.

2020 Eisinger Outstanding Educator, Megan McReynolds

Capital City High School teacher Mrs. Megan McReynolds was named the 2020 Eisinger Outstanding Educator. Mrs. McReynolds, who now teaches Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences and Physical Science, has been an educator for the past 13 years.

“My goal is not just for students to pass their classes, but also to learn how to handle themselves in situations they are uncomfortable in, to be able to have disagreements with people even if that is agreeing to disagree, and to be successful academically.” See more from Mrs. McReynolds’ interview here.

The other educators selected as 2020 Eisinger Teacher of the Year finalists include:

  • Susan Isaacs, Callaway Hills Elementary School
  • Trudy Lakes, Lewis & Clark Middle School
  • Aimee Veile, Jefferson City High School
  • Lisa Wieberg, Southwest Early Childhood Center

The Eisinger Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, comprised of Jefferson City area community members, chose the six finalists based on their written applications submitted in February. The selection committee then conducted personal interviews with each of the finalists to choose the Eisinger Teacher of the Year and the Eisinger Outstanding Educator. These awards, normally presented at the annual staff banquet, were announced during a drive-by ‘surprise patrol’ at the winners’ homes and announced on the district’s social media channels.