JL Jones teacher earns grant to bolster third graders math skills  

By Josh Beavers

A local educator has received a grant to help her third graders achieve greatness in math class. 

Felica Harris has taught for 14 years and spent the last eight at JL Jones in Minden.  

She applied for and earned the ExploreLearning Frax Math grant which is an adaptive, game-based program that uses the latest research-based instructional methods to create a better way to learn fractions. 

“This grant is important to me because so many students struggle with understanding the concept of fractions,” Harris told The Journal. “This program will allow them to gain a better understanding of fractions while enjoying a game.”

Frax math will be used during intervention time as a reward for students who have completed their Zearn lessons and during small group instruction. 

“Frax Math is the sister program to Reflex Math and my students love Reflex Math,” the longtime educator told us. 

Before closing the interview, we asked Harris what we ask all educators – Why do you love teaching?

“I love to see my students’ faces when they are eager to show me that they understand,” she said. “Teaching for me is not just about the curriculum (the curriculum is important), it’s about building those lasting relationships with my students. I always tell my students to do THEIR BEST and their best may or may not be an A. I love and treat my students like they are my children.”

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