The Presidential Award is an affirmation that teaching methods based on inquiry, exploration, and discovery are not only valued but also celebrated! It is recognition to the many colleagues and mentors who provided me guidance and encouragement and to all my current and former students who showed me how to teach with joy.

Cynthia Evarts Martinsburg, WV | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

Cynthia Evarts has been a teacher for more than 30 years, with the last 10 years at Orchard View Intermediate School, Rosemont Elementary School, and Martinsburg South Middle School. Cynthia uses a co-teaching framework in her fourth and fifth grade classes to deliver challenging mathematics that integrates science and technology to her students. Her true love is mathematics and her classes are built around inquiry, exploration, and discovery. She believes that inspiring students is the first step in teaching. Whether she is teaching ratios, LEGO robotics, or cryptology, she focuses on making math a real-life experience so that her students understand that mathematics can be a journey of discovery. She also trains teachers and parents in robotics and has coached and mentored FIRST LEGO League teams. Cynthia has written mathematics curricula, facilitated book studies, presented at education conferences, and taught professional development courses at her local college for teachers. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence/Mathematics. She provides candidate support to teachers seeking National Board Certification and provides resources and guidance to new teachers. Cynthia has a B.S. from Salisbury State University and a M.S. in gifted education from Johns Hopkins University. She is certified in elementary education, gifted education, and mathematics education.