The Presidential Award validates the hard work and energy I put into each one of my math lessons. I am honored to be chosen as a recipient for this prestigious award. I am thrilled to share this accomplishment with family, friends, and colleagues who have supported and worked with me as I strive for excellence in the classroom. I endeavor to challenge my students to take risks, increase knowledge and understanding, and most of all, persevere. This honor tells me I am doing just that.

Karin Bowen Brandon, MS | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

Karin Bowen is in her eighth year teaching sixth grade mathematics at Brandon Middle School. Previously, Karin spent seven years teaching fourth and fifth grade general education at Richland Upper Elementary School. Karin is committed to creating a classroom environment where students experience success and love learning. She promotes a healthy respect for mathematics by encouraging thoughtful dialogue between students and facilitates learning through hands-on activities and real-world application. For the past four years, Karin has used Texas Instruments Nspire handhelds to engage learners and provide feedback to her students. Karin has presented at a variety of conferences regarding implementation of the Common Core and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. She has served as a limited consultant to the MS Department of Education, writing scaffolding documents for sixth grade Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. She is a member of the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics and serves on her school’s Leadership Team, promoting professional development for teachers in the areas of technology and assessment. Karin has a B.A. in elementary education from the University of Mississippi. She is certified in kindergarten through sixth grade general education and seventh and eighth grade mathematics. Karin is National Board Certified in Early Adolescence/Mathematics.