It is an incredible honor to be chosen to receive the Presidential Award. With so many teachers working extremely hard to provide engaging and challenging lessons, it is humbling to be recognized as a distinguished educator. My goal every day is to help students learn to the very best of their abilities and create positive attitudes towards mathematics. The Presidential Award is a celebration of the passion and commitment that I have for my students every day and every year.

Arvella Jergesen Fernley, NV | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

Arvella Jergesen has taught at Fernley Intermediate School for the past 13 years and is currently teaching sixth grade mathematics and science. Previously, she taught at Conrad Christian School in Conrad, MT; Kaufman Christian School in Kaufman, TX; and Chief Joseph Middle School in Bozeman, MT. Arvella utilizes hands-on activities and models to increase student engagement and provide a deeper understanding of mathematics. She strives to change negative mathematical attitudes into positive, math-loving attitudes. Arvella has led the mathematics department at Fernley Intermediate School for six years and has served on the district mathematics committee to develop units and assessments. Arvella serves as the facilitator on the School Improvement Plan Committee. She won Employee of the Year in 2009 and the Rising Star Award presented by the Lyon County School Board in 2012. She has received several grants and participates in programs like Trout in the Classroom. She has also been the Academic Olympic Coach for Fernley Intermediate School for five years. Arvella has a B.A. in elementary education from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction with a K–12 reading endorsement from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. She is certified to teach kindergarten through eighth grade elementary education.