The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is a recognition of all teachers: those who came before me as mentors, those who teach beside me as colleagues who inspire me, and those who are beginning who motivate me to learn new things. We are encouraged, challenged, and inspired along the way by our colleagues and students who give our work meaning and bring it to life. Education is dynamic, exciting, and unites us on a global level.

Joey Jigliotti Eagle River, AK | K-6, Science, 2014

Joey Jigliotti has been an educator for over 24 years in the Anchorage School District. She previously taught at Alpenglow Elementary School for 15 years. This year, she began teaching third grade in all subject areas at Rogers Park Elementary School. Some of Joey’s current classroom activities include Alaskan Plants and Changes and Weather, as well as a Salmon Dissection activity in the classroom. Her love of teaching and dedication to education has resulted in her involvement in activities such as the talent show and spelling bee, and she has served as Field Day coordinator, Parent-Teacher Association liaison, and Anchorage School District Mentor. Her leadership abilities led her to serve on language arts, mathematics, and science committees and as the Science Fair Coordinator for over a decade where she involved the community and the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She taught summer school and annually accompanies a group of high school students to the state capitol for the Youth Education Summit, where students meet state representatives and learn about the legislative process. Joey earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of San Francisco and a teaching certificate from Sonoma State University, and is certified to teach kindergarten through eighth grade with an emphasis in early childhood education. She is a member of the Alaska Science Teachers Association.