This award is a humbling validation of the passion, integrity, and diligence that educators bring to the classroom daily, and a recognition of my family’s path in education that spans four generations and counting. Each day I hope to make a connection and a difference in the life of a student as well as to ensure his or her academic success. To educate a child, it truly "takes a village." I am honored to be a member of that village.

Angela Stoa-Lipp Fargo, ND | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

Angela Stoa-Lipp has taught for 27 years. Since 1991, she has worked in the Fargo Public Schools system. At the time of nomination, Angela served at Kennedy Elementary School as a Title I mathematics teacher. Currently, Angela has been a kindergarten through fifth grade mathematics specialist at Ed Clapp Elementary School in Fargo for the past year, where her work includes both working with students as an interventionist and reinforcing Add+Vantage Math Recovery strategies among teachers. Because the school has a high number of English language learners (ELL), Angela is working with the teachers and Culture Committee to provide Family Math Nights for the ELL students and their families. Angela is now in her second year of training as a Math Recovery Interventionist Specialist. She is using the training as an opportunity for personal growth and acquiring more expertise in order to connect with all children mathematically. Angela serves on her school district’s Math Task Force. Angela has presented at conferences and at professional development for the school district and the state. She is a member of the U.S. Math Recovery Council and National Council for Teachers of Mathematics. Angela has a B.S. in elementary education from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, MN, and a M.S. in curriculum and instruction from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.