Taylor English Graduate Receives National, State, Local Teaching Honors

Published: Jan 18, 2012

Jennifer Isgitt

Taylor University graduate Jennifer Isgitt has been honored for teaching accomplishments on national, statewide and local levels.

Isgitt, who graduated from Taylor in 1997 with a BA in English Literature and French, was one of only 15 teachers nationwide to be named a national High School Teacher of Excellence by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). She was also honored as an Outstanding High School Educator in the State of Texas and Secondary Teacher of the Year in the Keller Independent School District (ISD), near Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas.

After graduating from Taylor, Isgitt earned her teaching certificate and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education in 2002, and has taught at Fossil Ridge High School in Keller ISD since 2000. Currently, she teaches 12th grade English with a British Literature focus, and Advanced Placement Literature, a course through which students can earn college credit. She also teaches online junior college composition courses. 

Additionally, Isgitt has been a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project since 2005. As a part of her local network, she has been involved with a Local Sites Research Initiative grant that has funded a project in which she and fellow consultants study best practices for teaching writing to English language learners. 

Isgitt has been a presenter at conferences for both the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Writing Project. She also provides professional development for local school districts on the teaching of writing. 

Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts website quotes Isgitt’s observer, who noted, “Jennifer’s teaching goes beyond teaching English. Her classroom is one that is a community in which everyone is accepted for who they are and for what they bring to the learning environment … Jennifer’s insight, commitment, and passion honor our profession even as we honor her.”

“I certainly count my Taylor education as one of the best investments I have made in my life,” Isgitt said. “As I teach high school students and remain in contact with them throughout their college years, I'm learning that the depth of the courses and the personal attention of the faculty at Taylor are rare in the world of higher education. I read widely and deeply in the English department, and I learned how to write with clarity, logic, and insight.”