Mrs. Daftari has been a resident of Grand Lake for 35 years. She graduated from Jay High School in 1989 and from The University of Oklahoma in 1993 with a B.A. in Journalism. During this time she worked for Delaware County Bank (now Arvest bank) in the summers, Christmas breaks, and spring break. She also worked for Delaware County Court Clerk and Thompson Law Firm. She then attended The University of Oklahoma School of Law. At the same time her mother asked her to teach a class of children at church. She found she was pouring all her time and energy into the children. Thus she switched from law to education and went to Northeastern State University to receive a degree in education. After graduating, she taught 7th and 8th grade algebra and science one year at Southwest City School. She then transferred to Jay Public Schools and has been teaching 5th grade for 14 years.
Mrs. Daftari is extremely proud of her son, Hayden, who attends Jay Public School. Hayden is active in football and basketball. He is a wonderful student and is proud to be a Jay Bulldog!
Mrs. Daftari also teaches educators for Great Expectations. In addition she teaches Jay junior high students, high school students, and high school teachers The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and The 6 Most Important Decisions You Will Ever Make in an after school program.
She helped write Oklahoma’s state mandated PASS tests for 3 years, including helping to write Oklahoma’s first modified science exam for those students with special needs.
She was named “2009 District Teacher of the Year” and was chosen as a finalist for 2010 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. Mayor Wayne Dunham named April 3, 2009 as “Jennifer Daftari Day” for the impact she has had on the youth of Delaware County. She was Jay Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2007. She was voted as an “Outstanding Educator” by the 2008 Graduating Class of Jay High School. Mrs. Daftari’s class has been featured in Popular Science, Oklahoma Education Association magazine, Channel 6 News, and the National Science Teacher magazine, Science Scope. Mrs. Daftari was interviewed for the book High Achieving, Low Economic Schools. She was chosen to attend the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy as well as the Honeywell Space Academy for Educators. She was chosen to be Oklahoma’s NBA Thunder Teacher of the Game. Jennifer was chosen to be on the "Wall of Fame" for Jay's Centennial Celebration for her dedication to the children of Delaware County. She was chosen to attend Conoco's Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Summer Institute as well as The University of Oklahoma's Explorology Institute.
Jennifer is on the board for Delaware County Child Special Advocacy Network, science vertical team, and Bridges of Hope of Delaware County. She also performs drama and mime with students.
Every year she makes it a goal to do something new for her students. In recent years she got 3D-VIEW for her classroom. This is a program funded through NASA and U.S. Satellite Laboratory where the students wear 3-D glasses to view things on the SMART board. Mrs. Daftari’s classroom was chosen to participate in a study with 3D-VIEW in which both NASA and U.S. Satellite Laboratory visited her classroom. The students also stay in contact with Editor-in-Chief, Mark Jannot, Popular Science.
In the spring of 2011 Daftari and her class applied for and obtained a state grant and presented their idea of building a tree house in the school's outdoor classroom to legislators. Members of the class designed the tree house and served as construction managers. The tree house was completed in May. It has an upper deck to observe birds with binoculars the class obtained from winning the National School Inventor's Challenge. The tree house is open to the public to enjoy with their families as well. In 2012 the class will be working on a Cherokee Nation grant the Jay Public Schools received to build a merry-go-round pump in the outdoor classroom. When the kids play on the merry-go-round, potable water is pumped up into a reservoir for community use.
In the summer of 2011 Daftari and sponsors Melinda Teague, Cindi Collins, and Melani Graham took a group of students to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. They met with Ed Buckbee, founder of Space Camp and creator and author of The REAL Space Cowboys . At Space Camp the Jay students took home top honors winning Lunar Challenge and Highest Overall Accuracy of Completion of Missions. In May 2012 another Jay group headed to Huntsville for more fun and learning! They also took home top awards!
In August 2011 Mrs. Daftari was a part of NOAA Ship Oregon II's shark longline survey in the Gulf of Mexico with NOAA's Teacher at Sea program. Check out her blog to learn more about her adventure: http://teacheratsea.wordpress.com/category/noaa-teacher-at-sea-2/jennifer-daftari/. Jennifer is representing the NOAA Teacher at Sea program at the 2012 NSTA Convention in Indianapolis. She and her class are working on curriculum for NOAA to share with other classes around the nation.
In the summer of 2012 Mrs. Daftari participated in the Project Dragonfly program with Miami University. She studied manatees, howler monkeys, and the barrier reef in Belize.
In the summer of 2013 Daftari will join Mrs. Teague and Mrs. Collins to take a group to Sea Camp in Galveston, Texas.
Mrs. Daftari enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and students. She also loves to walk.