It is truly an honor to receive the Presidential Award in recognition of my commitment to mathematics education. I am grateful for the opportunities and support I have received from colleagues and administrators to learn and grow as a professional. My passion for learning and providing high-quality mathematics instruction to my students has been a journey of constant reflection. I look forward to the opportunity to learn, collaborate, and lead with other distinguished educators in my field.
Kathleen Schaeffer taught sixth grade mathematics at Bob Miller Middle School for 16 years. Currently, she is the Peer Assistance and Review Consulting Teacher for the Clark County School District, where she has been an educator for 28 years.
Kathleen has high expectations for students to see themselves as mathematicians. She incorporates engaging and rigorous activities for students to develop conceptual understanding with opportunities for discourse and collaboration. Kathleen is dedicated to student learning and continuously seeks opportunities for professional development and growth.
Kathleen has presented professional development in her school and district in mathematics and growth mindset. She is a National Board support provider and she is a teacher on the Peer Assistance and Review Panel. Kathleen is the 2010 Nevada Teacher of the Year. She has spoken in Washington, D.C., to members of Congress in support of National Board certification for teachers. As a Nevada Ready Teacher Ambassador, she advocates for the Common Core State Standards in her district and state.
Kathleen has a B.S. in elementary education from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, and a M.Ed. in instructional and curricular studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is certified to teach elementary and middle school mathematics. Kathleen is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence/Mathematics.