Congratulations to Jayda Pugliese on being one of the ten finalists for the 2016 Escalante–Gradillas Prize for Best in Education. These finalists are primary and secondary school classroom teachers who demonstrate a wide range of gifts, experiences, and accomplishments.
Jayda Pugliese Andrew Jackson Elementary School
- School District: School District of Philadelphia
- School Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Years in Teaching: 8
- Current Grade(s) Taught: 5
- Education: BA, Holy Family University; M.Ed., Holy Family University
Jayda Pugliese is well-known for her kindness, tech-savviness, and innovative teaching styles. She is also hearing-impaired, using her disability as a platform to teach students in an impoverished part of Philadelphia both the importance of tolerance and that all individuals, regardless of background, can achieve success through hard work and determination. Doing more with less to fund her project-based learning initiatives, she has raised money via DonorsChoose for a 3D printer, scanner, and printing supplies, plus microscopes and electrical circuits. Her students have a demonstrated track record of going on to excel in school and go to college. She works cross-discipline to encourage students to find ways to market their science accomplishments. In addition to her role as a classroom teacher, she is also a full-time doctoral student in Educational Leadership, volunteers in academic summer camp programs, and mentors other educators.