Jason Watts, 5th grade teacher at Dorris Intermediate School is the Edward Jones Unit 10 Teacher of the Month for January.
In addition to his classroom duties, Watts does a great job as a volunteer with the schools science, technology and engineering and mathematics program, DIS Principal Matt Noyes said.
“For a 5th and 6th grade center, we have a great STEM program, and it’s almost all because of him,” Noyes said.
When asked what makes Watts a great teacher, it was immediately clear that he inspires his students to learn about science. One spoke of how they not only read about science, but they get hands-on experience when Watts brings in materials for the students to conduct experiments. Another said she enjoyed that two people are chosen each week to do a science project that is displayed for the class.
One little girl in a pink jacket, with a shy demeanor, did not mention science when telling why she thinks Watts is a great teacher. In voice so quiet most in the quiet class could not even hear her, said the words all parents wants to hear about their children’s teachers.
“He never gives up on us,” she said.