#M3TFellowFriday: Jenn McLean

Each Friday during the school year, we will spotlight one of our M3T Fellows. This week, let’s meet Jenn McLean from West Side Middle School!

Jenn McLean

M3T Noyce Fellow – Cohort 1

Middle School Mathematics Teacher

West Side Middle School

Kanawha County Schools

Twitter: @MrsJennMcLean

Number of years teaching: 8

Positions and Roles: 7th Grade Math Teacher, 7th Grade Team Leader, Math Vertical Team Leader

Professional awards, distinctions, and points of pride: M3T Pilot Participant
Interesting personal facts: She and her husband, Ben, welcomed their first baby, Joshua Lee, last September. They enjoy being outdoors, fishing, golfing, and watching sports

Jenn and her family

Why are you excited to be part of the M3T project?

“After being part of the M3T pilot, I wanted nothing more than to be an M3T fellow. I saw how being part of M3T changed my classroom in ways I wanted. More than that though, I love the teacher community that M3T gave me!”

Why do you teach mathematics?

“I teach math because I want others to feel the way I do about math. I believe that math is ”figuroutable”, as Pam Harris says, and I want to do my best to teach that to students. I want to change the perspective on math; it is important and fun!”

What are you focused on improving about mathematics teaching?

“In the pilot, I worked really hard on getting my students to talk about math in my classroom. That will be my priority again. I had a really hard time getting my new students at WSMS to talk, and I want to do better this year.”

Final Thoughts:

“M3T has had such a positive effect on my teaching career. I have been empowered to make real, lasting change in my classroom by being led to think deeply about the problems I see and collaborating with some of the best educators in our state to find possible solutions.”

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Check in each week on #M3TFellowFriday throughout the school year to meet another M3T Fellow. You can find a listing of all of the M3T Fellows and stay up-to-date with the work of the M3T network at our website, http://m3twv.org. You can also follow us on Twitter, @m3t_wv.