Jennifer Horton Isgitt ’94

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 9.55.27 AMNow an accomplished teacher herself, Jennifer fondly recalls memories of her Westminster teachers and actually credits her Western Civilization and Church History teacher, Mr. Tim Baldwin, for inciting her interest in becoming a teacher. Now serving as English department chair at a high school in Texas, she screens many new applicants each year.

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This role has allowed her to better appreciate the incredible quality of teaching she received at Westminster:  “Nowhere have I encountered a faculty that is, collectively, as knowledgeable and as caring as the group of teachers I had in grades 9-12.”

Jennifer teaches 12th grade English and Advanced Placement Literature at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Worth, Texas. She was recently honored by the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts as the 2011 Outstanding High School Educator. The National Council of Teachers of English also recognized her at their annual conference in Chicago in November 2011 as a High School Teacher of Excellence, an award given to only 15 teachers nationwide. In addition, Keller Independent School District named Jennifer Secondary Teacher of the Year in May 2011.

Jennifer graduated from Taylor University in 1997 with a B.A. in English Literature and French and later earned her teaching certificate and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of North Texas in 2002. She has taught at Fossil Ridge since 2000 and also teaches junior college composition courses online. In addition, Jennifer is a teacher consultant with theNational Writing Project, and as part of her local network, she and other teacher consultants have been involved in a grant which funded the study of best practices for teaching writing to English Language Learners—students whose primary language is not English. Also through her work with the NWP, Jennifer provides professional development for local school districts on the teaching of writing.

Jennifer said, “I will always believe that my education at Westminster was one of my most formative experiences, academically, personally and spiritually.” Some of Jennifer’s favorite memories of her Westminster teachers still impact her today:  Mrs. Pike’s listening ear, Mr. Hearne’s dry remarks in U.S. History, learning to speak up in Mr. Parker’s Biblical Ethics class, Dr. Holley’s list of “The Awful Eight,” and performing in the Touring Ensemble and three musicals under the direction of Kathy Eichelberger. Jennifer shares her philosophy of teaching and what she learned from her all-time favorite teacher, Mr. Tim Baldwin, in an essay that she submitted to her school district with her Teacher of the Year application and also shares with her 12th grade students as a model for a writing assignment each year.

Jennifer and her husband, David, live in Fort Worth, Texas, and have two sons, Ethan (8) and Asher (4). They attend The Hills Church of Christ where Jennifer and David both sing in the Praise Ministry. Jennifer also occasionally teaches the Young Adults Sunday school class.