Palm Bay Magnet High School’s Jennifer Jolley Named 2020 Florida History Teacher of the Year

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National Board Certified Teacher, has taught secondary social studies since 1993

Jennifer Jolley, a teacher at Palm Bay Magnet High School, has been named the 2020 Florida History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. (BPS image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Jennifer Jolley, a teacher at Palm Bay Magnet High School, has been named the 2020 Florida History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.

Jolley is a National Board Certified Teacher who has taught secondary social studies since 1993. She currently teaches at Palm Bay Magnet High School, a STEAM school in Melbourne.

She is a 2010 James Madison Fellow, a certified Teaching with Primary Sources Library of Congress Coach and an active member of numerous professional organizations and teacher councils.

Jolley holds a B.A. from Flagler College in Social Sciences and Philosophy/Religion and an M.A. in American History and Government from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University.

Her philosophy in teaching is to uphold the American principles found in the Declaration of Independence, promote civil discourse, exercise student engagement, and foster the ideals of self-government.

In addition to a $1,000 honorarium, Jolley’s school will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials and recognition at a ceremony in Florida.

Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school.

The award honors one K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. Territories. In fall 2020, the National History Teacher of the Year will be selected from the pool of state winners.

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