Jason Herring

jason herring

Jason Herring

Jason has been teaching Physical Education for 15 years. He is truly dedicated to improving what students know about their health but more importantly what they know about themselves. You see Jennings Middle School is a school where over 95% of students receive free or reduced lunch. Many come from homelessness grade retention and a vicious cycle of low socioeconomic backgrounds. Jason has become a beacon of light for many of our students through his basketball program. He has mentored students during their middle school years and throughout their high school career. His students know that if they call he will be there; for games award ceremonies graduations and even recently a college commitment signing. Students who have never played on an organized team have gone on to play varsity for their high school teams because Jason did not let a student's circumstance keep them from joining the brotherhood of the team. He has given countless rides home purchased shoes and warm up shirts for players and turned some practices into study hall sessions to maintain academic eligibility. He does not give up and he does not give in. He has been awarded the Coach of the Year for Hillsborough County Ida S. Baker Teacher of the Year and won the Girls High School Basketball District Championship. He is a teacher that wants to see all of his students succeed and that to me is priceless...but $1000 is a good start :)

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