Jill Simpson.

Jill Simpson

ShanahanMiddle School (Olentangy)

Mrs. Simpson is only two years away from retirement, yet she decided to totally revamp the way she delivers instruction. She recognized that our students were really good at "playing school". The students typically pass the OAA's with flying colors, but they weren't always great problem solvers. She took a professional development trip to High Tech High in California and decided that she wanted her classroom to look similar. She organized a team of teachers to be trained to deliver a Project Based Learning (PBL) instructional approach. As a result, several other programs in the district have been developed to model the innovative instructional delivery model of our PBL team. I've had parents tell me they feel that their child hit the lottery by having the opportunity to a part of the PBL team.

- Nominated by a faculty member at OlentangyShanahan Middle School