Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Elementary Education (certified K-9 educator) NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY M.S. Masters of Curriculum and Instruction CAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Mr. Jason Wayer
Hello. I am Mr. Jason Wayer. I have been teaching 4th grade here at Independence since 2002! I am certified to teach Kindergarten through 9th grade with middles school endorsements in Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Sciences. I also have a Master's Degree in Curriculm and Instruction. I have three daughters ages 12, 9, and 6. I understand that there are lives beyond school and know that there are many elements to one human being. My philosophy of education is that my job is to create an enviornemnt that is safe for students to make mistakes, to learn from those mistakes and to instill a sense of wonder to encourage a life time of learning. The curriculum that has changed is much more involved and much more knowledge and experience based. Students need to have a solid foundation of skills to be a successful learner in the fourth grade and beyond.
I feel lucky to be a part of this family here at Independence and the new pilot program Mrs. Schweihs and I have been able to do for the next few years. Mrs. Schweihs and I have split our subjet teaching into sections. Mrs. Schweihs will be teaching her students as well as my students reading and writing. I will be teaching both sets of students math and science. We feel this has given our students a sense of what they will be experiencing in middle school and that this was a good place for them to start trying to adjust to the upcoming expectations.