March 11, 2019
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Saint Mary College alumna Jeanine Hall MSEd ‘06, a teacher at Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, N.Y., was recently recognized as the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year.
The honor is the highest recognition that PLTW awards to Biomedical Science educators. It’s based on merit and is a reflection of Hall’s exceptional commitment to students, school leadership, and meaningful involvement in assessment and professional development.
“I am honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Hall. “I hope my students develop a lifelong passion for learning and attain a variety of skills, in addition to academics, that will help them achieve their dreams.”
Hall, who was a member of the Mount’s chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi Education honor society, credits her alma mater with helping to mold her into the confident and passionate professional she is today.
“I was well prepared for a career in education at Mount Saint Mary College. The Mount was foundational in developing my ability to succeed as a STEM educator,” Hall revealed. The college “helped me learn how to differentiate instruction and make learning customized for each child. I also learned the importance of teaching metacognitively, so students fully comprehend the content and make connections to the real world.”
Hall has some simple advice for current Mount education majors: “Don't stop trying to better yourself,” she said. “Take advantage of learning experiences and continue to develop the best possible version of yourself. And be kind to everyone along the way.”
Vince Bertram, PLTW president and chief executive officer, presented the award to Hall in front of nearly 1,000 attendees at PLTW’s national conference in Indianapolis, the PLTW Summit.
“PLTW is proud to work with outstanding educators across the country who are inspiring and empowering our students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills,” Bertram said. “Jeanine Hall is an exemplary teacher, and we are proud to recognize her for her commitment to students.”
PLTW is a nonprofit organization that helps students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Approximately 11,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs.