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Kofa teacher named Yuma County High School Teacher of the Year

Jayden Gubbels Kofa High School teacher Jayden Gubbels was named Yuma County’s High School Teacher of the Year by the Education Foundation of Yuma County.

Gubbels, who teaches English, describes herself as a “quirky and passionate” teacher who has brought excitement into the classroom at Kofa for 3 years. It is her fourth year in education, after beginning her career at a small school in the Midwest.

When asked about what made her want to pursue a career in teaching, Gubbels said, “Kids need someone with passion who wants to be there.”

That’s been especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic as Gubbels has said she’s noticed a number of teachers across the nation who seemed burned out, and she made the decision to make sure that her students would have a more positive experience. She said she wants her students to know every day that they are seen and heard, and that their feelings are valid.

The annual awards presentation was held in a virtual capacity on Nov. 17, 2020.

The County Teacher of the Year awards are hosted annually by the Education Foundation of Yuma, a private, non-profit organization established to support and recognize the profession of teaching and raise public awareness of the importance and value of education.

Gubbels is the second Kofa teacher in as many years to win High School Teacher of the Year. Kofa culinary teacher Christie Nicholson was the 2019 award winner.

Ian Coltman