Like so many others in our profession, I have put in countless hours throughout my career working to bring meaningful mathematical experiences to my students and to grow and improve as a teacher. The Presidential Award serves as recognition—from the highest levels of policy and science in the nation—that such work is understood, valued, and respected.

Patrick Honner Brooklyn, NY | 7-12, Mathematics, 2013

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

Patrick Honner has taught high school mathematics since 2003. For the past eight years, he has taught Geometry, Advanced Placement Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Computational Modeling, and Mathematics Research to 11th and 12 graders at Brooklyn Technical High School. Currently, Patrick has his students writing about the optimization problems they encounter in real life, comparing mathematical models to computational simulations, and 3D printing parametric surfaces. Patrick is a three-time recipient of Math for America's (MfA) Master Teacher Fellowship and is active in MfA's professional community. He received the Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics, and was runner-up for the inaugural Rosenthal Prize for Innovation in Math Teaching. He represents New York City in the New York State Master Teacher Program. Patrick is a writer and speaker on mathematics and teaching. He presents at local, national, and international conferences. He also runs local workshops for students and teachers. He shares his passion for teaching mathematics through his website, Patrick has a B.S. in mathematics and a B.A. in philosophy from Wayne State University, a M.A. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, and a M.Ed. in mathematics education from the City College of New York. He is certified in high school mathematics.