Lee County Middle School West Campus
Teacher of the Year
Jennifer Peets, eighth grade English Language Arts teacher, is LCMS West’s Teacher of the Year for the 2019-2020 school year. She has been teaching at LCMSW for ten years. She is her school’s PBIS co-coach and the ELA department chair. Jennifer Peets has been the recipient of 5 golden apples in the past two years, which she believes is proof she is doing something right. She believes that education isn’t a one year job. “Every student I have ever had and will have is worth every second of my time. On the days that I don’t like some of their choices, on the days they don’t like my choices, on the days they quit or get mad or worry about everything but school, I still love them; I still teach them. Being a teacher is so much more than standards and quizzes. It’s life. It’s relationships. It’s love. It’s pushing them past their limits and showing them there are no excuses. It’s being there for graduation and having annual summer Chick-fil-a reunions and rooting them on for all the years in between. It’s showing them they have the world in front of them and a future that is limitless,” Peets stated. She still recalls one of the best letters she has ever received from a student in which he told her that she was the first teacher that ever made him feel good about being weird. “I accept every student for whom he or she is, and I love them for it. That, I think, is the key to building relationships and lifelong learning,” she explained. Peets also contributes her passion for teaching and loving her students to the fact that she is surrounded by amazing teachers, especially her wonderful team of Team Impact teachers. “They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a team to raise a successful middle schooler. I am so fortunate to work where I do and even more fortunate to be surrounded by a faculty who believes in every student wholeheartedly,” she observed.
Peets is married to her husband Matt, and they have 2 children, Davis and Evan Cash. She loves her family and spends most of her free time with them when she’s not grading papers. She also enjoys reading, all DIY projects (even if they never look as good as they do on Pinterest), and swimming.