I view the Presidential Award as a validation of the philosophy that educators should always strive to remain abreast of the latest research on how children best learn mathematics and implement those findings into our approach to teaching. I am grateful for and humbled by the many lessons I have learned, and will continue to learn, from my administrators, colleagues, parents, and, most importantly, my students.

Kimberly Bowen Madison, AL | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

Kimberly Bowen, an educator for more than 30 years, has taught mathematics and science to third graders in a departmentalized setting at Rainbow Elementary School for 12 years. During the course of her career, she has taught children in kindergarten through third grade. Kimberly strives to make mathematics meaningful and relevant for everyone. She believes a solid conceptual understanding of numbers and number relationships is critical for future mathematical success. Through hands-on tasks and promoting mathematical dialogue, Kimberly strives to develop a love of learning mathematics for all students. Kimberly has presented at numerous mathematics and early childhood conferences at the local, state, and national level. During the summer months, she works as an educational consultant presenting pre-kindergarten through third grade mathematics and assessment courses throughout the United States. Kimberly has worked with preservice education students from various universities as a cooperating teacher and has mentored educators in surrounding school districts. Kimberly earned her B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Alabama in early childhood education. She is also a National Board Certified Early Childhood Generalist and was recently appointed treasurer for the Alabama National Board Certified Teachers Network.