It is an honor to be considered for the Presidential Award. I am humbled to be selected from among the numerous highly qualified colleagues who have challenged me in the classroom as a teacher and a student. The support of my family and administration has been invaluable in my educational journey. Receiving this award validates the time and energy that I have invested engaging, motivating, and challenging my students to solve problems and explain concepts that they never dreamed were possible.

Kyla Hall Lincoln, NE | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

Kyla Hall taught fifth grade for nine years, with the last two years at Kloefkorn Elementary School. Previously, she taught at Rousseau Elementary School. She is currently on a leave of absence from classroom teaching to care for her young son. Kyla fosters a deep understanding of mathematics in the classroom through the use of writing to encourage her students to explain their thought processes when completing complex, multi-step problem solving work. Since her completion of a middle-level mathematics program at the University of Nebraska, Kyla has taken on an active role in assisting and teaching her fellow educators. She frequently serves as a master teacher for summer classes and helped to write, develop, and teach a course in problem solving in the elementary classroom. She even collaborated with university researchers, bringing them into the fifth grade classroom to introduce her students to higher-level mathematics and problem solving. This work led to a presentation of the experience at a regional conference for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Kyla has a B.A., magna cum laude, in liberal studies from Point Loma Nazarene University and an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska. She is a certified elementary school teacher and also holds an endorsement to teach middle-level mathematics and science.