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Hetrick was highlighted for her willingness to lend a listening ear and offer encouragement to her students and fellow staff members.

Jessica Hetrick

“It is not uncommon to see Mrs. Hetrick in school after 5 PM several times a week. In addition to teaching history, Jess wears a number of hats in our school district. She is our eighth-grade team leader, the teacher union president, the parent involvement team advisor, the SAP teacher rep, and the middle school NHS advisor (I am sure I forgot one). Jess teaches more than just history in her class: she teaches her students about life. She will go above and beyond to help a student or colleague in need.  She is always willing to lend a listening ear and offer encouragement,” said Tyrone Middle School Principal Shane Cowher.

Eagle Eye: What does working within the Tyrone school district mean to you?

Jessica Hetrick: I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to work at TASD. I have worked with some of the best colleagues both past and present. The district allows for many opportunities for professional growth and a very supportive work environment.  

 EE: How have you gone above and beyond to help your students?

JH: Our teachers at TASD are always going the extra mile each and every day. The goal of our staff is to support our students to become outstanding members of society.

EE: What is your favorite thing about working with students?

JH: My absolute favorite part of working with my students is the many opportunities I have to get to know each and every one of my students on an individual basis. I enjoy learning about their likes, their dislikes, their goals, and their hopes for the future. I enjoy watching my students succeed in the classroom, in life, in their extracurriculars, and also in how they overcome obstacles. The best part of my day is when my students (both former and present) stop and visit with me- sharing stories, thoughts, feelings, etc.

EE: What is the most important part of your job?

JH: The most important part of my job is providing a safe space for everyone. I feel that forming solid relationships with your students is by far the most important.

EE: Who inspired you to become the teacher or staff member you are?

JH: That is a tough one to answer I have so many people that inspired me… I was blessed to have wonderful teachers in my youth. These teachers inspired me to become a teacher because while I was going through some hard situations in life, these teachers were there to support me. They encouraged me through these rough times and pushed me to strive to do my best. As I was deciding what I wanted to be when I grew up, I realized that I wanted to be just like them. I wanted to be there for students and support them through good times and bad times. Now I am inspired by my colleagues and my students. As teachers, we are lifelong learners and are always looking for ways to improve to be the best.

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