AJM Teacher Named State-Wide Semi-Finalist

Jennifer Maldonado, 6th grade English teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School, is recongized as a state-wide Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist by Dream Teachers and the Louisiana Department of Education. (L to R): Jason Roussell, with Dream Teachers, and Jennifer Maldonado.

Jennifer Maldonado, a 6th grade English teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School, was recently recognized by the Louisiana Department of Education as a state-wide Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist. Maldonado is one of just 24 teachers state-wide to receive this distinction.

Based on class observations and student growth on statewide assessments, Maldonado’s exceptionalism was recognized this fall in local competitions by both her school and the district. Dr. Montrell Sinegar, the Principal of Andrew Jackson Middle School, has worked with Maldonado for the past seven years and describes Maldonado as creative, dedicated, ambitious and professional.

“Mrs. Maldonado demonstrates characteristics that exemplify her dedication to the field of education and her leadership skills,” Sinegar said. “Teaching is a career which requires selfless individuals. Mrs. Maldonado demonstrates selflessness on a daily basis as she makes the needs of her students a priority. It is with great pleasure and confidence that I recommended Mrs. Maldonado to represent the state of Louisiana as its Teacher of the Year.”

Sinegar, who is retiring this fall as principal of Andrew Jackson Middle School, has mentored and developed three state Semi-Finalist during her tenure.

Superintendent Doris Voitier said the success of Maldonado is a reflection of the exemplary leadership and high quality of instruction occurring at Andrew Jackson Middle School each day.

“Jennifer’s high expectations and caring nature has led her students to academic success and makes us here at the School Board Office proud. She is an exceptional teacher surrounded by a wonderful staff and leadership team who are doing great things with our students every day,” Voitier said. “We congratulate Mrs. Maldonado and wish her luck on the next phase of the competition.”

The Department of Education will announce its finalists in June with winners being notified in July.