My name is Jed Palmer. This is my first year at Ranch View Middle School and I am vey excited to be a Wolf. I am a veteran teacher with 26 years of experience teaching in Colorado, with 22 of the years in middle school and 19 of them in Douglas County.
My courses this year include Digital Design, Exploring Computer Science, and Electronic Publishing (aka Yearbook)
A few things to know about me:
My wife and I both grew up in Colorado. She is also a middle school teacher in a local school district. We have two boys that graduated from Arapahoe High School and are currently in college. We are have three fur babies: Baxter (the beagle), along with Neville and Luna (the kitties).
I have been teaching computers at the middle school level for 22 years. I have an Instructional Technology Teacher license (K-12) in addition to a K-8 Teacher license. I am CTE certified in Broadcast/Journalism and in Computer Technology. I am also a Certified Journal Educator (CJE) through the Journalism Education Association and will be pursuing my Master Journal Educator credential in the next few years.
I have been advising student publications for 19 years. I was named the Colorado Journalism Adviser of the Year in 2013 by the Colorado High School Press Association. I was also named as a National Distinguished Adviser by the Journalism Education Association. My student publications have earned numerous state and national awards, including induction to the National All-American Yearbook Hall of Fame.
I am a firm believer in experiential learning. I believe people learn best by doing and by structuring their own processes for learning. I believe in authentic feedback and the pursuit of excellence. In my classroom learners are active participants, not passive recipients. I know that we are helping these students to become adults, and I try to treat them that way to whatever extent is possible. I encourage students to communicate, and to self-advocate.