Jenkins said teaching during the coronavirus pandemic has been “the most challenging time” of his career, but he is looking forward to the fall.
“I thrive on direct interactions with my students, so being virtual in the spring forced me to be extra creative while I was developing web-based content,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing my students in person again this year. Teaching hands-on courses like science and STEM are going to be tough, but it’s my challenge to figure it out. I have every confidence that my class can be both interactive and safe, with some extra planning and preparation.”
An Ohio panel of stakeholders will interview the four finalists to select the Ohio Teacher of the Year and the state superintendent will announce the honoree this fall, according to the ODE. The honoree will then represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year selection in Spring 2021.
Jenkins was also recognized for Excellence in Teaching in Clark County in a program sponsored by the Springfield Rotary Club, Ohio Edison, the Springfield Foundation and the Chamber of Greater Springfield.
Each of the four recipients of this award was expected to make presentations on what teaching has meant to them and the importance of being teachers at a Springfield Rotary meeting in March. That presentation was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Recipients are also given a $1,000 check, a recognition plaque, a glass apple, and proclamations from the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate.