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Math teacher extraordinaire
Claxton's Jenny Lanier relishes helping students
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Claxton High School math teacher Jenny Lanier helps a ninth grade student with a lesson. - photo by CRYSTAL WALKER/Staff

      CLAXTON - Voted Claxton High School Teacher of the Year and Evans County Teacher of the Year in 2004 and 2010, Jenny Lanier's dedication to teaching shows not only in her successes but in her students, as well.
      Originally from Claxton, she now calls Statesboro home, but she has spent her entire 18-year teaching career at Claxton High School.
      Lanier currently teaches Math 1, but during spring semester, she will switch gears to teach Accelerated Math 1, Accelerated Math 1, and Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry.
      "Her knowledge of the content is more than extensive," said Lyn Peacock, a teacher also in the math department.
Lanier served as a mentor for her when Peacock first came to CHS as part of the Teacher Alternative Preparation Program.
      "I don't think I could have had a better person to introduce me to CHS and the processes of being a math teacher," Peacock said.
      Lanier earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education in secondary math education, both from Georgia Southern University.
      Lanier serves as the department head and serves on the school's leadership team, Claxton High School Principal Daryl Fineran said.
      "She not only supports our students in the classroom but also in extra-curricular activities by sponsoring various clubs and class officers and attending several sporting events," he said.
      Lanier can often be found working after hours and providing tutoring for students, he said.
      "I have always wanted to teach," Lanier said.
       "Throughout middle and high school, I had great math teachers who fostered my love of mathematics. I wanted to be able to do that same thing for my students."
      During college, Lanier started gaining experience through working with children at Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation in the after school and athletic programs, she said.
      After college, she began teaching math at CHS and has continued ever since.
      "I have seen (her) work tirelessly for the students of Evans County," Peacock said.
      Students want to experience success, Lanier said.
      "I enjoy being able to help them acquire new skills and concepts and apply those in new situations," she said.
       Lanier identified the biggest challenge of her career as the implementation of the Georgia Performance Standards during the 2008-2009 school year. She said this challenge brought on new learning for her, a change in her teaching methods, and increased her expectations of her students.
      "Lanier is vital in our math department's continual transition to the state math standards," Fineran said.
      Lanier's major goal, Peacock said is to meet the educational needs of every student she has contact with, showing no favoritism for one over another.
"Lanier has a strong rapport with the students at all levels of learning," Fineran said, "from those gifted to those needing support."
      But Lanier is a person who demands no personal recognition or credit for her own accomplishments, Peacock said.
      "Teaching high school students gives me the opportunity to witness the change that occurs in students," she said, "as they prepare to finish high school and make decisions that will shape the rest of their lives."
      "I get to be a part of the stepping stones they encounter in their journey," Lanier said.

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