Jeremy Jordan, a Spanish teacher at Lee’s Summit High School, received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Foreign Language Association of Missouri (FLAM) at the organization’s state conference, held Oct. 28-29 in Overland Park, Kan.
The award, presented to just one educator each year, recognizes a teacher who has significantly and positively impacted foreign language teaching and learning. The honoree must have at least 10 years of experience at the elementary, secondary or post-secondary level.
At the recognition ceremony, Mr. Jordan was praised for his love of teaching, engaging teaching style and innovative techniques, including his use of flipped classroom content. He started his own YouTube web series “Señor Jordan’s Spanish videos” that are considered a high-quality teaching resource for educators throughout the state.
“There have been so many wonderful educators in my life that have molded and shaped my perception of who I would like to be in my own classroom,” Mr. Jordan said. “But the three most important components in my teaching have been: laughing, finding a way to get my students to think in the foreign language and finding ways to connect my class to the students’ lives. While I might not be rich I believe that if I can accomplish these three things most days of the year, I will have enriched many lives.”
The FLAM recognition highlighted Mr. Jordan’s focus on helping students understand the Spanish material while also providing other educators with an outstanding tool to add to their teaching methods. “Jeremy has shared his talent with the world, not for profit, but for the true love of teaching,” added a colleague.
As recipient of the Distinguished Foreign Language Educator Award, Mr. Jordan will go on to represent Missouri as FLAM nominee for the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language 2017 Teacher of the Year, scheduled for next spring in Chicago.
Mr. Jordan earned his master’s degree in education from Truman State University. While this is only his first year teaching at Lee’s Summit High School, he comes with years of experience. Before coming to Lee’s Summit, he taught in Grain Valley High School as well as in Novinger, Mo., and Milan, Mo.