Jennifer Schwertfeger is a 10 year veteran science teacher from Cameron High School, Cameron, WV where she currently teaches grades 10-12. Her courses include biology, human anatomy and physiology, AP Biology and physics. Schwertfeger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from West Liberty University and a Master of Arts degree in Science Education from West Virginia University. She holds certifications in general science and life science including Advanced Placement Biology. She serves CHS as chairperson of the science department, member of the school’s Green Team, and past president of Faculty Senate. She serves her peers as a Marshall County teacher leader, new teacher mentor, and a cooperating teacher for future educators. Schwertfeger has been recognized by her students as a WV Outstanding Honors Teacher. Mrs. Schwertfeger is the 2020 WV Teacher of the Year as well as a state finalist for the 2019 PAMEST.
Mrs. Schwertfeger believes science is a verb, something to be done and experienced. In her classroom, she has spent years transforming content delivery from a traditional “book learning” and worksheet styles to a “hands-on, minds-on” interactive approach. She often reminds her students, “In this room we DO SCIENCE. Science is you and all around you.” She promotes the importance for students to recognize their connection to science starting on a personal level and broadening their scope of understanding to their community and world. Highlights of her projects include promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and career opportunities within West Virginia for young men and women from rural, low-income populations. She exposes students to data collection and analysis to enhance science literacy and mathematical applications within the content. Her development of inquiry based lessons are used to promote creativity, artistic expression, experimental design, and problem solving.