Russell Jurgenson

Position: 4th Grade Teacher School: Creighton Elementary School School District: Creighton School District City, State: Phoenix, Arizona About the Nominee: Russell Jurgenson has a strong commitment to teaching. After receiving his Master’s degree in Education, Mr. Jurgenson began teaching at Creighton Elementary and now works with students who read and speak English as a second language. Students often start school […]

Stacie Mitchell-Gweah

Position: 6th-8th Grade Business Teacher School: Callanan Middle School School District: Des Moines Public School District City, State: Des Moines, Iowa About the Nominee: Stacie Mitchell-Gweah has worked tirelessly to create a learning environment based on mutual respect, fairness and accountability. She set high expectations for everyone but takes the time to build relationships in and outside of classroom. Ms. […]

Jennifer Whitehead

Position: Director of Physical Education School: Lagniappe Academy School District: Recovery School District City, State: New Orleans, Louisiana About the Nominee:  As Director of Physical Education, Jennifer Whitehead teaches every student in the elementary and middle school daily. From kindergarten through eighth grade, Jennifer has deeply and genuinely invested in every one of her students the importance of physical […]

Heather Franz

Position: Counselor School: Wiley Post Elementary School School District: Putnam City Schools City, State: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma About the Nominee: Heather Franz is a wonderful counselor at Wiley. She does everything she can for every student at her school, taking the time to hear their fears, dreams, accomplishments and disappointments. She fills a gap for the students who may need […]

Jason Heisserer

Position: Principal School: Hixson Middle School School District: Webster Groves School District City, State: Webster Groves, Missouri About the Nominee: Dr. Jason Heisserer is an advocate for all students. In addition to providing quality learning, Dr. Heisserer has created a school environment where students can feel comfortable identifying as their authentic selves. He works with Hixson’s faculty and staff, as […]