Our View: Comer math teacher brings honor to school system
Jacksonville State University is known for quite a variety of programs and activities today, but in earlier times, the focus of the faculty was on producing teachers. In fact, from 1930-1957, the school was named Jacksonville State Teachers College. There is a proud tradition of preparing teachers to be the best they can be in the classroom.

And in 1969, JSU established a Teachers Hall of Fame to honor teachers in Alabama, regardless of whether they attended JSU.

We were pleased to report this week that B.B. Comer Memorial High School teacher Philip Jenkins is now one of those enshrined in that Hall of Fame.

Jenkins came through the Talladega County Schools system not that long ago. He’s a native of Winterboro and a graduate of Winterboro High School.

He’s just completing his sixth year as a teacher, but he’s already established a superior classroom style that has drawn notice from students, faculty and administrators.

JSU invites school systems from across the state to nominate three teachers each year for the Teachers Hall of Fame — one at the elementary level, one at the middle school level, and one from the high school level. One from each level is inducted each year. This is the 45th class of inductees for the Hall of Fame.

Jenkins is a math teacher, currently assigned to seventh and eighth graders at Comer, but he also took on high school algebra II/trigonometry classes for a teacher on extended leave.

Students talk about his enthusiasm and humor, and his ability to help them grasp and remember mathematical concepts.

Jenkins said he was humbled to be selected from a group of nominees that included some teachers with 20 or more years of experience.

He said his goal isn’t just to teach math, but to help his students learn to be successful in life. That goal fits in well with the Project Based Learning concepts adopted in the county schools, and he was one of the first teachers trained in its use.

And while the Hall of Fame doesn’t require inductees to be JSU alumni, Jenkins earned his degree in math education on the Gamecocks’ campus.

It’s great to see local educators recognized for their outstanding work with young people in our area, and it’s doubly gratifying when they are themselves alumni of our local school systems.

We commend Jenkins on the honor and the staff at Comer for recognizing his ability as a teacher.

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