Hodge Receives National Honor

Hodge Receives National Honor
Posted on 07/24/2018
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Edmentum Honors Stafford MSD’s Jerry Hodge

  Edmentum, a global education leader and a pioneer in online teaching and learning solutions, has announced the winners of its third annual national Educator of the Year Award.

Stafford MSD Quest Academy Teacher Jerry Hodge was one of three national runner-up winners for this year’s award. Hodge has worked in education since 1997 and for Stafford MSD over the past seven years.

“This award makes my heart smile,” Hodge said. “ It is indicative of the hard work that my team has contributed this past year; Ms. Allen, Mr. Perez, Ms. Ellas, and Ms. Mendez have all assisted in accomplishing this recognition.  Under the leadership of Ms. Allen, we have been able to incorporate home visits into our program, attendance has significantly improved, and we have been able to raise our overall success rate to 91 percent.  I feel truly blessed that I was selected in this nationwide contest.”

The Award is held every spring, seeking to recognize Edmentum educators who exhibit excellence, go above and beyond for their students, and champion technology in the classroom.
“We are committed to putting educators like Jerry first in everything that we do at Edmentum,” said Marty Thomas, VP of Professional Services at Edmentum. “It is an honor to be a part of their inspiring stories and experiences, and we are extremely proud to recognize them for the great work they do inspiring and engaging students every day.”

   ”Jerry is diligent about guiding the students through Study Island and Courseware with fidelity,” Stafford Alternative Education Center (SAEC) Principal Carlotta Allen said. “Ms. Hodge spends countless hours serving our students, beyond district recommended time. She incorporates home visits as an additional outreach component. She diligently monitors all transcripts for quality assurance and makes it a priority to meet multiple times with potential graduates. I have witnessed her advising, counseling, encouraging and re-aligning students. She is irreplaceable.”

Hodge said she has thoroughly enjoyed working with students and staff at Stafford MSD.

“ I absolutely love working directly with the students and being able to utilize my degree in counseling in conjunction with online learning,” Hodge said. “I love academic planning, goal setting, college preparation, and providing a safe and comfortable learning environment to the students. Students in the Quest program are in the classroom with me all day, so there is definitely a special bond between student and teacher.