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Jarred AmatoEighth-grade English language arts teacher, Jere Baxter Middle School, Metro Nashville Public Schools
Jarred Amato is passionate about creating an education system where all students receive an excellent education every day. “To me, there is no greater satisfaction than helping each student find his own voice and realize his own potential,” Mr. Amato says. “At the same time, there is no greater tragedy than watching a student slip through the cracks.”
He considers teaching the greatest, and most important, profession in society, and he embraces the pressure that comes with that responsibility. He frequently reflects on his teaching practices to find areas in which to improve.
A visitor to Mr. Amato’s classroom will not see rows of desk. Instead, students work together at tables to analyze texts, solve problems, and teach and challenge one another. “The results of this shift from a teacher-centered to a student-centered classroom have been overwhelming,” Mr. Amato says. “By creating a collaborative culture, I have watched my students become more engaged, more confident, more successful academically, and ultimately more prepared for college and a career.”
Bio: Jared Amato is in his sixth year of teaching at Jere Baxter Middle Prep, where he also is head coach of the Red Hawk football and boys’ basketball teams. After growing up in Newton, Massachusetts, he has called Nashville home for the past decade. He received his B.A. degree in English and history from Vanderbilt University and his M.A.T. degree from Belmont University.