Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year
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District Selects 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year

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AHISD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Brown congratulates Alamo Heights Junior School Science Teacher Jeff Wheatcraft for being named the 2018-2019 AHISD Teacher of the Year and Trinity Prize honoree!

The Alamo Heights Junior School science department was in a planning meeting when there was a knock at the door. Before the team had the chance to respond, the door opened and in came an entourage of AHISD team members carrying balloons and a plant, clapping and cheering, as they singled out one person in the room, Jeff Wheatcraft. The reason for the excitement? To officially share the news that Wheatcraft had been selected as the district Teacher of the Year and Trinity Prize nominee.

Wheatcraft was beyond thrilled, sharing how honored he was to be selected. “This would not be possible if I did not have the support that I have from my AHJS team and the Alamo Heights Independent School District.”

Wheatcraft was selected by a committee of his peers who were thoroughly impressed with his methods and engagement. As Coordinator of the STEM program at AHJS, Wheatcraft is responsible for inspiring students to a greater understanding of science through the lens of exploration and discovery. Students in the program are given real world problems in which they must design a solution for and then build and test their ideas. Perhaps one of his most recognized problem-solving opportunities arises during his Storm Prediction program every spring. In this unit, students work to predict where severe weather will occur and then direct Wheatcraft to the location, where he deploys the student developed, built and programmed weather pods that record temperature, barometric pressure and wind speed. Although my wife believes I am crazy, I find that I am at my most peaceful when out on the plains chasing thunderstorms for my students.

Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Wheatcraft calls himself a “Texan at Heart,” thanks to his wonderful wife Aimee. The two have three children: two sons, Mason and Camden and daughter Molly

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