Jauert has an interesting mix of educational degrees. He has a B.A. in Elementary Ed, a Masters degree in Exercise Science, and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. The secret to his success as an elementary teacher is his ability to take all his knowledge about brain development and the positive effects of movement, and to apply it everyday in his classroom.

When you visit his classroom, you’ll notice there are no neat rows of desks or assigned seats. He has designed and built furniture for his room so that it can be moved around and used in different ways. And it allows for open spaces to be used for an “instructional brain break” in the middle of class.  Kids may not even realize they are learning math concepts as they use specially designed floor mats to “hop” their way through multiplication tables.

Jake Jauert’s 1st grade students love to learn, and they give their teacher a lot of the credit for why.  “He makes learning math fun,” one young learner said. “He is just plain awesome.”

As a leader among his peers, Jauert is an innovative teacher who continues to fine tune best practices based on current research.  He serves as a member of his school’s Strategic Leadership Team, the I-Team, and he leads a Professional Learning Community (PLC) in implementing ideas that promote “learning through movement in the classroom.

Jauert will use the $3,000 grant award to create opportunities for “movement based learning” at Clover Ridge Elementary.  In addition to Jauert, the Teacher of the Year finalists included Eric Billups of Chaska Middle School East, Laura McCaghy or Clover Ridge Elementary, Nancy Netz of Chanhassen Elementary, and Travis Rother of Chanhassen High School.

Finalists each received $500 grants for their schools. The District 112 Foundation’s awards are provided with support from KleinBank, Community Insurance Advisors, Clarity Solutions Group, IWCO Direct and the District 112 Foundation.