Receiving this prestigious mathematical Presidential Award is an exhilarating recognition! It's a recognition of the people and educational experiences that have culminated in my ability to provide elementary students with valuable learning experiences--establishing a mathematical foundation for their academic careers and promoting their lifelong learning. Receipt of this award challenges me to continue finding new ways to enhance my teaching of mathematics for the betterment of my students.

Nancy Windholz Saratoga, WY | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

Nancy Windholz, a 12-year educator, currently teaches second and third grades and has been at Saratoga Elementary School for four years. She's taught math to first through third graders, presented at family Math Nights, and was a Gifted and Talented Coordinator. She has been an adjunct professor at two Colorado community colleges.  Nancy presents mathematics as a puzzle and students use critical thinking to question and explain possibilities for solving the puzzle. Using core standards, Nancy creates activities to extend learning and uses STEM lessons so students may apply knowledge in innovative situations. Through professional development, Nancy has remained current in pedagogy and practical application. Nancy uses Place Learning and Civic Engagement (PLACE-based education) to effectively get students into the community applying mathematics in real-world situations. She attends the Wyoming K–12 Social Studies Summit and Wyoming Technology-Engagement-Curriculum Connection Conference to gain ideas for further integrating mathematical concepts into multiple subjects. Nancy has three A.A.S. degrees and a B.S. in wildlife biology from Colorado State University. Her M.A. in education is from Western State Colorado University. She is certified in kindergarten through eighth grade education in six states and has Structured English Immersion and special education certifications.