This award is a testament to all the students I have taught. Because of these individuals, I appreciate the beauty and diversity in mathematics thinking, while also pushing for rich understanding of the content. This approach to mathematics teaching and learning is what I work to develop with teacher-learners as well. The Presidential Award validates these efforts to support our country’s children as well as our mathematics teachers in their pursuits to become highly skilled mathematicians.

Julie Broderick New York City, NY | K-6, Mathematics, 2010

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Julie Broderick teaches at The School at Columbia University. She is a fifth grade teacher of mathematics, literacy, and social studies, with a special passion for igniting children’s interest in mathematics. She is also very committed to developing elementary teachers’ knowledge about constructivist mathematics teaching and learning. Julie is an adjunct professor of mathematics education at Bank Street College of Education and of undergraduate elementary methods at Barnard College, Columbia University. Prior to teaching at The School at Columbia for the past 7 years, Julie worked for 11 years in the New York City Public Schools, teaching first through fifth grade. She taught for 6 years at the Manhattan School for Children. Prior to her work there, she was a founding teacher at The Amistad School, a Spanish/English dual-language program in Upper Manhattan, and was a Teach for America corps member at Public School 128, where she began her teaching career. Julie has an A.B. in government and linguistics from the College of William and Mary. She has an M.S. in applied linguistics from Georgetown University and an M.S.Ed. in mathematics leadership from Bank Street College of Education. She is certified as an elementary teacher, with a bilingual extension in Spanish.

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