Hi! My name is Jessica Herring Watson.  I started this blog when I was completing my student teaching internship in college because I didn't want to forget the little life lessons that I just knew my first group of students were going to teach me.  I could not be more happy that I took the time out to document those first small steps into my career as an educator!!  I continue to blog on a weekly basis about the lessons that my students continue to teach me.  I love my job, and I'm passionate about being better at it every day.  Thanks for reading and keeping up! I hope you read something you need to be reminded of every now and then.  Kids are pretty good at doing that for us grown ups.

If you're curious about any of my professional qualifications....read below :)

Jessica Herring is an English teacher at Benton Public Schools in Benton, Arkansas. In 2011, Jessica piloted a BYOD program in her classroom, helping students use their personal technology devices to enhance English/language arts instruction and to engage reluctant learners in her classroom. Jessica has earned a Masters in Teacher Leadership and Instructional Facilitation and was recognized as Kappa Delta Pi student teacher of the semester, UCA Dept. of Teaching and Learning Student of the Year, and UCA College of Education Student of the Year in 2010-11. Jessica was also named a Watts Scholar award recipient for outstanding work in a Masters Program by the Southern Regional Association of Teacher Educators, and she was voted Benton Middle School Teacher of the Year by her colleagues in 2014. In 2015, Jessica was selected as a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator program. She continues to grow professionally by attending and presenting at regional, national, and international conferences.

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