Title: Public School Educator
Location: Tracy, California, United States
Rebecca L. Lane-Jergentz, Science Teacher at John Muir Middle School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science education.
Coming from a family of educators, Ms. Lane-Jergentz was inspired to follow the same path and contribute to the education and learning development of today’s youth. She received a Bachelor of Arts in biology from San Francisco State University in 1979 and a Master of Education from the University of Phoenix in 2008, backed by prior postgraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. Now a certified secondary science and biology teacher by the state of California, Ms. Lane-Jergentz has been a seventh and eighth-grade science teacher at John Muir Middle School in San Jose since 1996. She enjoys teaching science, as it allows her to explore her curiosity, think outside of the box, and teach herself, as well as her students, that one can learn from mistakes.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Lane-Jergentz commenced her career in 1980 as a teaching assistant with the Cincinnati Public Schools. In 1982, she was a student-teacher at White Oak Junior High School, later serving as a curriculum advisor at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati from 1988 to 1989. Looking back on her career, Ms. Lane-Jergentz thoroughly enjoyed her years working with her students at the science fair and felt especially proud of the year her seventh graders won the state competition. As she continues to teach, she hopes to build similar long-lasting memories and to leave a positive impact on her students as they progress in their academic careers. Having reached the minds and hearts of many students throughout her four decades of teaching, Ms. Lane-Jergentz finds it incredibly rewarding to have former students visit her and acknowledge the impact she made on them. Therefore, her advice to aspiring teachers is to have a great deal of perseverance and to use whatever talents and gifts one has to excite one’s students.
Ms. Lane-Jergentz holds membership with the National Science Teachers Association, the National Education Association, the California Educators Association, and the District NGSS Advisory Team. Further, she is a grantee of the State of Ohio and the San Jose Police Department. To add to her professional roles, Ms. Lane-Jergentz served as a member of the science task force for the San Jose Unified School District from 1997 to 1998, a science and literacy inquiry faculty associate at San Jose State University in 1998, and a consultant to Just Say No at the St. Clement School. In her free time, she enjoys crafts, reading, gardening, and traveling. To attest to Ms. Lane-Jergentz’ legacy, she can also be found in the 55th edition of Who’s Who in America, the third edition of Who’s Who in American Education, the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest, and the 21st edition of Who’s Who of American Women.
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