Peoria middle school teacher receives award from national publisher McGraw Hill


Peoria Unified School District teacher recognized by national education publisher McGraw Hill.

Teaching has been challenging in recent years as educators and students have had to navigate ever-changing situations during the pandemic.

However, Cece Jacobs, who teaches math to 6th and 7th graders at Cheyenne Elementary School, is doing what she can to make it easier to adapt to these changes.

As part of her students’ classroom curriculum, Jacobs uses an online program called ALEKS, which complements what she teaches.

“ALEKS has been an important tool for us in math, and there are just such obvious gaps right now in learning right now in the pandemic,” Jacobs said. “We have a tool that helps us close them in addition to our level 1 instructions, it’s amazing.”

Jacobs was nominated by one of her school’s administrators, who saw how well she was able to integrate the program into her classroom.

This helps some students get comfortable with the material while challenging others who may have picked it up a little easier.

Jacobs was happy to be recognized by her peers and McGraw-Hill, the creators of ALEKS. She received a $1,000 donation from the company to donate to an education-focused nonprofit of her choice, along with $250 in books for professional development.

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