Mary Jo Ann (Jo) Crow
Metamora Community Consolidated School District #1
815 East Chatham Street
Metamora, IL 61548

Science, 7–8

Click on the questions to hear Mary Jo Ann (Jo) Crow's interview at the State Teacher of the Year conference. You must have a Real Player to listen to the interview. If you do not have a Real Player, click on the Real Player graphic:

1) What is one thing that needs to change in order to keep quality teachers in the profession?

What is the one tip or suggestion that you wish someone had given to you prior to your first year of teaching?


Mary Jo Ann (Jo) Crow, 2001
State Teacher of the Year, Illinois
Teaching is Jo Crow's fourth profession/career. She has worked as a chemist, a full-time homemaker, a professional doll and toy maker, and as a parent volunteer prior to her certification as a teacher in 1981. Since then, she has taught seventh and eighth grade science (hands-on, of course!) at Metamora Grade School. She is also active in organizations dealing with groundwater protection, the environment, and astronomy. She delights in being able to convince her students that science is NOT something fearful — that it is present everywhere, everyday — thus it is an integral part of life. Of all the awards she has or may receive, the best to her is seeing a student "light up" and say, joyfully, I UNDERSTAND!!!  

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