The Ada City Schools Teacher of the Year for 2012 is the candidate from the newest school, Ada Early Education Center.
Marcy Jack, like all faculty members, is in her first year of teaching at the newly-opened pre-K and kindergarten center.
Candidates from other sites were Hayes Grade Center: Sue Gower; Washington Grade Center: Jolene Wilbanks; Willard Grade Center: Amey Henderson; AJHS: June Murphy; and AHS: Donnieta Ray.
Jack has taught for 14 years with the last four being at the old Glenwood Early Childhood Center and now at the AEEC.
She graduated from East Central University in 1992 with a double major in psychology and sociology and, in 1994, with a master’s in psychological services. She received her alternative certification in 2006 for teaching certificates in early childhood, school counselor and psychology/sociology.
Jack believes in order for a child to learn effectively and be successful he or she needs to have a strong sense of what is right and wrong and what expectations are in the classroom and school environment.
She begins the first day of class working on building a relationship of trust with her students and believes in order to be an effective teacher, you need to get to know each student on a personal level.
“This isn’t something that can be done in a short period. It must be worked on all year,” she said.
Modification and individualized instruction are a big parts of her teaching. She is observing and assessing constantly so to maximize each student’s learning while making sure others are not falling behind.
Jack’s overall philosophy is that early childhood educators need to be innovative and persistent. What is the most important is to put the students first and to do whatever can be done to help each student achieve success.
Marcy Jack is married to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Tyler Jack and they are the parents of a daughter, Taryn, and son, Tanner.