Erin Jewell, who teaches sixth and seventh grade Gifted and Talented Integrated Language Arts at Cobb Middle School, has been named an HP Teaching Fellow. She is the only Texas teacher to receive the honor.
Jewell was chosen based on the deep, meaningful learning experiences she provides to her students. The fellowship centers around the idea of fostering classrooms that incorporate learning that is personal, authentic, inquisitive and reflective.
HP Teaching Fellows are part of Reinvent the Classroom, a collaboration between Digital Promise, HP, Microsoft and Intel. After an application process that included videos, references and interviews, Jewell is proud to be named a Fellow.
“I am excited for her to receive this recognition because she truly tries to create unique, innovative learning experiences for her students,” said Cobb Principal Jamie Lakey. “She incorporates technology and creativity seamlessly and is always excited to share and celebrate her students’ success in learning.”
Jewell is in her 13th year with the District and is thankful for the camaraderie and community she has found with Frisco ISD.
“It’s family -- it’s about the connections and relationships across the District,” she said. “Frisco supports innovative teaching and allows teachers and students to move forward and try new things.”
As a parent and teacher, she wants to provide her students with the educational opportunities she was provided as a child.
“I want the students to drive their learning,” Jewell said. “In my class, students participate in challenge-based learning. They have a great deal of choice in their projects and technology is absolutely integrated with every aspect.”
Jewell understands that education is not just about rigor and information.
“I enjoy supporting the students academically, but I also understand the importance of supporting the whole child,” Jewell said. “Advisory time is another opportunity to connect with the students, such as the craft club that I sponsor. I love seeing kids just being kids.
“I really care and want them to do well. It’s not just about commas -- I want students to try their best to reach their full potential. They will make mistakes, just like I do, and I want them to know that it is okay to try again.”
Jewell is now part of a network of like-minded educators who deepen their understanding of Powerful Learning through free professional learning with Digital Promise. They support one another in the powerful use of HP and Microsoft tools to find creative technological solutions in the classroom.
HP Teaching Fellows also receive opportunities for networking, presenting and sharing thought leadership at national conferences and through virtual events. By sharing what they’ve learned, they advocate for reinventing the classroom and inspire others with their creativity and passion for this work.
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