Jennifer Smith is a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. A National Board Certified teacher, Jennifer teaches 8th grade science at Monticello Middle School where she also sponsors the science club, oversees the STEM lab, and serves on the building leadership team. Jennifer also teaches middle school language arts and geography online for Illinois Virtual School and has taught developmental reading at Richland Community College. She is a member of Advance Illinois’ Educator Advisory Council, and was a 2014-2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist and the 2016 Illinois Middle School STEM Teacher of the Year. Jennifer holds a BA in elementary education and an MS in education from Eastern Illinois University and an MS in English from Illinois State University.