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Jennifer Uken

Position: First Grade Teacher
School: Albert F. Biella Elementary School
School District: Santa Rosa City Schools
City, State: Santa Rosa , CA

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Jennifer Uken was nominated by Rebekah Sammet, the parent of a student.

"Ms. Uken showed such a kind demeanor, and my child felt safe in her classroom," said Sammet. "Her patience and curriculum practices led to the entire class accelerating in all subjects. When I addressed a bullying issue with my child, Ms. Uken very effectively addressed it with other staff, resulting in the two children involved having genuine changes of heart. They both treated each other with kindness after that intervention. Her communication with parents was clear, supportive, informative, and consistent from the first day to the last day of school. My daughter has regularly expressed that she adores her teacher. I can't express how impressed I am with her positive impact on her students. She has instilled a love for reading, math, and art in my child. She also strengthened my daughter's desire to try her very best to exhibit safe and kind manners."