The Presidential Award is a great life-changing experience for me! It helped me realize how much I love and enjoy teaching children. This award is truly a team effort! I thank God for the beautiful people that inspire me each day and help me overcome challenges by believing in me. My favorite poster in my classroom has a happy face and a sad face with the same picture of a half-full, half-empty glass. Today, I can truly say I feel as if that glass is actually completely full or even overflowing!

Coshetty Vargas Totowa, NJ | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Coshetty Vargas has been a mathematics teacher for 18 years, teaching at grade levels 5–12. For the past 13 years, Coshetty has taught fifth through eighth grade mathematics classes at Washington Park School. She spent the previous five years teaching at Palisades Park Jr./Sr. High School. She expects as much from herself as she does from her students and accepts only the best from both. She is actively involved as a co-advisor for the Gifted and Talented program and serves as the Special Education Parent-Teacher Support Leader. In 2011, Coshetty completed "My Recipe Collection of Hands on Math," a book she shares with other colleagues in her district. Coshetty is well known for her creative projects, one of which can be seen at, a website funded by NSF. In 2014, five of her students participated in the Math in Art Contest by the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey and received first and second place, as featured in the Fall 2014 newsletter at She was recognized by the local newspaper as the first math teacher to celebrate Pi Day in her district. In 2014 and 2015, her sixth grade students scored first in the county for the New Jersey Math League Contest. Coshetty has a B.A., cum laude, in education from Jersey City State College and a M.A. in mathematics from New Jersey City University. She is a certified teacher of mathematics.