Joliet Central teacher Jennifer McGowan to receive 2017 IACTE Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award
March 20, 2017 08:47 AM
Joliet Central High School teacher Jennifer McGowan has been nominated and selected to receive one of the 2017 Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award presented by the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE). She was nominated by her preparation institute, Lewis University.
Prior to this most recent award, McGowan had previously been awarded the College of Education Program Award for Undergraduate Secondary Education at Lewis University.
Having graduated from Lewis University in May 2016, this is McGowan’s first year teaching. She now teaches World Affairs, AP Psychology, and American Government. In addition, she volunteered as a coach for the Joliet Central Varsity Dance team this year and hopes to continue to be involved with the dance teams at Joliet Central High School.
She will be recognized, along with other outstanding beginning teachers from other institutions from around the state of Illinois, on March 28, 2017 at the IACTE’s Legislative Reception, which will be held at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre’s Ambassador Ballroom in Springfield from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
This event will be part of IACTE’s 2017 annual spring conference, which also includes visiting the state legislators.
McGowan said, “It is truly such an honor to be receiving an IACTE Outstanding Beginning Teacher award. Although I know I still have a lot to learn, it is great to know my professors think I am on the right track. What I’m most excited about is getting the opportunity to visit state legislators at the IACTE Spring Conference. My government students are going to be so jealous!”