Professional Development

Jacobs Educator Award

Current Jacobs Educators
Christine Hitchcock

Christine Hitchcock

Social Studies Teacher
Indiana University High School

Since graduating from Indiana University in 1994, I have been teaching high school social studies, primarily world history, in Indiana, New York, Virginia, and Ohio. The amount of change that has taken place with regards to using technology in teaching and learning over those years has been incredible. In my current position with Indiana University High School, I worked with researchers in IU’s Center for Research on Learning and Technology to design an asynchronous online world history course where students from around the U.S. and other countries collaborate in their learning using various technology tools. I am particularly interested in exploring effective online teaching and learning.

Kim Miller

Kim Miller

2nd Grade Teacher
Barbara Morgan STEM Academy

Kim Miller is a 2nd Grade teacher at Barbara Morgan STEM Academy in Meridian, Idaho. She has 25 years experience in integrating technology into a primary classroom. Kim also serves on the Idaho Leadership Council for Discovery Education, and provides training for Discovery Education, technology integration, and STEM for schools and districts in the state of Idaho. She has led school technology teams, and designed and implemented iPad integration projects at the school level. Kim was selected as the 2016 West Ada School District Teacher of the Year.

Henry Dixon

Henry A. Dixon, M.S., Ed.S.

Teacher of Technology
Academy of Earth and Space Science
Paterson, New Jersey

Henry A. Dixon is a teacher of Technology at the Academy of Earth and Space Science in Paterson, New Jersey. His professional and instructional accomplishments over the last four years are a direct result of outstanding school leadership. Principal Gregg Festa and Ryan Higgins championed innovation and change in the classroom. The centerpiece of his teaching philosophy is technology enforced, student accountability for learning. He challenges his students through self-regulated, project-based learning. This puts each individual student in the driver’s seat, so no one is left behind. His education includes a B.A. in Information Technology from Rutgers University, M.S. in Learning Technologies from Drexel University and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. He is a proud father and member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Tara L. Jakubik

Dr. Tara L. Jakubik

Teacher of ELA, Hackensack High School
Varsity Soccer Coach, Hackensack High School
Part-time Professor, Rutgers University

Dr. Tara Jakubik studied at Rutgers University for her Ed.M. in English Education and her Ed.D. in The Design of Learning Environments. She is currently a high school English teacher and head varsity soccer coach in Hackensack, New Jersey. Her school provides students with Chromebooks as part of a one-to-one technology initiative, and most lesson plans incorporate a technology component. In addition, Dr. Jakubik is a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University in the School of Communication and Information. Students enrolled in her Public Speaking class present via a variety of modalities, one being a mediated digital interface. Lastly, Dr. Jakubik spent her summer in Costa Rica for yoga teacher training, and for her graduation class, digitally conferenced in friends from all over the United States.

Jodie Guillen

Jodie Guillen

Science Teacher, Moriarty Middle School

Hi! My name is Jodie Guillen, and I currently teach science at Moriarty Middle School to the most FANTABULOUS bunch of 6th and 7th graders you’ll ever meet! I am back in school, pursuing my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and was one of a handful of educators selected from around the planet to attend Space Camp this past summer in Huntsville, Alabama, which has been a life-long dream of mine! I’m also the proud mom to the most AMAZING girls, Emie and Abbie, and enjoy hitting the pavement in my running shoes as often as I can!

I am SO looking forward to working with the AWESOME Jacob’s Educator team, and cannot even WAIT to see where this INCREDIBLE journey leads this teacher, her crew of mad scientists in the making, and a world in need of inspiration, JUST BEYOND our classroom door!