I believe receiving the Presidential Award is a true testament to the power of learning and personal growth. This honor would not be possible without the educators who inspired my curiosity as a science student and teacher. My passion for science education has helped me to grow personally and professionally, and this award acts as both a culmination of my work and a catalyst for the future. It is truly an honor to be among such esteemed educators.
Liesl Fressola has been an educator for nearly 10 years. Next school year she will begin teaching fifth grade at Hanna Woods Elementary School in Manchester, MO. Before this move, she spent one year as an elementary mathematics coach for kindergarten through fifth grade in Danbury Public Schools. Previously, Liesl taught fourth grade at Sandy Hook Elementary School for three years. She has also taught second, third, and fourth grade in Newtown, CT and Champaign, IL.
As a classroom teacher, Liesl emphasizes curiosity and questioning. She encourages her students to explore scientific ideas using the inquiry method. Liesl’s students actively engage in the work of being a scientist while using technology to support their authentic investigations.
In addition to her role as a classroom teacher, Liesl became a STEM coach through her participation in a Math and Science Partnership grant. As a STEM coach, Liesl increased the quality of science instruction across her school. She has also given presentations on STEM coaching at the local, state, and national level.
Liesl has a B.A. in elementary education and anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.S. in education with a concentration in STEM teacher leadership from Western Connecticut State University. She is certified to teach first through sixth grade elementary education and middle school science.