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Jean Hourihane

MƒA MASTER TEACHER

school

P.S. 092 Harry T. Stewart St.

currently teaches

Elementary School

subjects

Elementary Science

# of years teaching

24

Jean Hourihane

An elementary science teacher for over 20 years, Jean believes in the power of learning from her students – even at the elementary level. “Students should be actively engaged, not just participating in hands-on activities for the sake of it. They should be using their minds and thinking about what they’re doing and why,” she says. Jean exemplifies this philosophy by using various activities in the classroom, covering concepts ranging from potential and kinetic energy to the effect of resource availability on animal populations. She actively uses DonorsChoose.org grants to provide field trips, speakers, and technology to her students.

As a part of the first cohort of MƒA elementary teachers, Jean finds collaborating with the MƒA community to be a huge resource. “MƒA brings together groups of teachers who normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to talk to each other to gather and share ideas,” she explains. “I’m able to hear middle and high school teachers’ perspectives on learning and share with them my own unique techniques to reach students.” The professional growth courses keep Jean energized in her career. “I have more enthusiasm because I’m continually learning, and I bring that energy and new material to my students.” Overall, it’s the professional support from MƒA the most deeply resonates with Jean. “MƒA is creating an urgency for the public to respect teachers again.”

Jean earned her B.Sc. in General Science from Manhattan College, and was a recipient of the Empire State Science Teacher Scholarship. She has her M.A. from Queens College, and has continued her post-degree study in science and education at various colleges, including University of Wisconsin, SUNY Westbury, Brooklyn College, and City College. Jean also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study for School Administration and Supervision from The College of Saint Rose.