The Presidential Award is a great honor and is a reflection of my perseverance, professional development, personal research, risk-taking, and most importantly, my learning — fromevery teacher, student, and colleague that I've ever known. I believe that science is everywhere and integration of science and engineering practices across multiple content areas is the key to engaging all students and helping them succeed. This award fuels my desire to ensure this belief becomes reality.
Dawn Bauer has been an educator for nearly 15 years. She taught fourth and fifth grade science and mathematics at Carson Elementary School for seven years. She has also taught eighth grade Algebra and Physical Science. Her current role is with Denver Public Schools as a Career and Technical Education Curriculum Coordinator, working with instructors from various fields integrating science and mathematics content and practices with career ready skills.
Dawn’s passion and commitment to STEM education has been the catalyst for her growth as a teacher, problem solver, and innovator. She is dedicated to deepening her understanding of STEM and empowering others to do the same.
Dawn has presented at several state conferences and provided district professional development around scientific explanations using the claims, evidence, and reasoning framework. She has served as a Math and Science Lead Teacher focusing on Common Core State Standards implementation. She is a proponent of problem-based learning and technology integration and strives to model these strategies to all audiences.
Dawn has a B.S. in biological sciences from Colorado State University. She received her elementary teaching certificate from the University of Washington, Bothell. She is certified in grades 6–12 science and elementary education.