The Presidential Award is truly an incredible honor. Having my work as a teacher acknowledged in such a prestigious way, among so many other inspiring educators, is both humbling and empowering. It provides me with affirmation that what I am doing as a teacher is in keeping with best practices and current research, and provides a quality mathematics experience for my students. I am so thankful to those who have helped me develop my passion for learning so that I may do the same for my students. 

Moriah Widener Jenks, OK | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

Moriah Widener has taught fifth grade mathematics and science at Jenks West Intermediate School for the past four years. She spent the previous five years teaching elementary and middle school students in the Tulsa Public Schools. Moriah has an overwhelming love of mathematics and teaching. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for learning with her students through the use of problem-centered learning and student-focused approaches. Additionally, she actively embeds literature, science, technology, and engineering into her mathematics lessons to help her students develop their own mathematical talents and apply mathematics outside of the classroom. As a lifelong learner, Moriah consistently seeks out opportunities to grow as a professional educator through a myriad of professional development opportunities. She has presented sessions and published articles for the Oklahoma Council for Teachers of Mathematics, served on curriculum and testing committees for her district and state, and has taught a Primary Mathematics Methods course for preservice teachers at Oklahoma State University's Tulsa campus for the past two years. Moriah has a B.S. in elementary education from Oklahoma State University and a M.S. in teaching, learning, and leadership with an emphasis in elementary mathematics. Moriah's certifications include elementary education as well as intermediate mathematics.