Bunker Hill, IN - Maconaquah Middle School teacher Jennifer Lorona recently received a prestigious award from the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution.
Lorona, who has been teaching at MMS for 14 years, received the “Most Outstanding History Teacher Award” and was recognized by the Miami County INDAR chapter last week. She will be honored on the state level in May.
“Honestly, I was completely shocked when I found out that I won this award,” Lorona said. “I was honored to be the recipient because the DAR is such a prestigious organization, one in which I hope to be a member of someday.”
Susan Smith, a member of the Miami County DAR chapter recommended Lorona for the award. Smith spent time working with Lorona and her students as part of its Gear Up Program. After seeing Lorona’s teaching style, she decided to nominate her for the award.
Maconaquah Middle School Principal Craig Jernagan congratulated Lorona, saying she is “very deserving of the award.”
“Mrs. Lorona is a great teacher, and she is well-liked by her students,” he said. “Maconaquah Middle School is a better school because of her.”
Lorona is humbled that the INDAR recognized her dedication to history education.
“I love my job and hope that I inspire and motivate today’s youth to meet tomorrow’s challenges,” she said.
Lorona is also excited for the opportunities that will come as a result of the distinction. She said the school year has been “very challenging” for her, but the award “has validated to me that I am truly destined to be in this profession.”
She said teaching has always been a dream of hers.
“I love working with kids and seeing their growth throughout the school year,” she said. “Nothing brings me greater joy than to watch students apply concepts in the classroom to their everyday lives.
“The best thing about this profession is knowing that I impacted their lives in a positive way. I enjoy reading emails, Facebook messages, and letters from former students about how much I have truly influenced their lives. These notes are the best gifts anyone could receive, and because of that reason, I became and remain an educator.”
Lorona said history and government are special passions of hers because she believes her students should “understand the principles and values that our nation was founded upon.”
“They should understand their government, how it works, and what role they play within the system,” she said. “History is a great subject because it teaches how we can learn from the past so that we do not repeat the same mistakes in the future.”