To me, the Presidential Award recognizes all of those who have made me into the educator I am today. It honors my family, mentors, and colleagues who have always supported me. This award also honors my students, especially the ones who struggle with mathematics. I have learned so much about perseverance from them. They inspire me to give my best. The Presidential Award is really a celebration of the relationship I have with my students. I could not be the teacher I am without their trust.

MaryLee Tung Anchorage, AK | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

MaryLee Tung has been an educator at Sand Lake Elementary School for nine years. She taught fifth and sixth grade and is currently teaching kindergarten.  MaryLee works to help her students understand their world and see the connection between mathematics and science by fusing manipulatives, movement, song, and rhyme with instruction. MaryLee also tutors fifth and sixth grade students in mathematics, coaches the Math Derby team, and coordinates the Sand Lake Science Fair.  MaryLee is the mathematics site-based specialist for her school and she also serves on the executive board of the Alaska Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She facilitates professional development workshops in mathematics for her school. MaryLee serves on her school leadership team and is one of 10 kindergarten teachers piloting and revising the school district’s new science curriculum. MaryLee was an Anchorage Teacher of the Year, a Gilder Lehrman American History Teacher of the Year for Alaska, and twice a Teacher of the Year for the Alaska Science and Engineering Fair. MaryLee earned a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy and a M.Ed. from Northcentral University. She is certified in kindergarten through eighth grade elementary education and is rated as highly qualified in mathematics, science, history and social studies. MaryLee is a National Board Certified Teacher.