I feel that there are two sides to the Presidential Award process – an individual vantage point that allows me the opportunity to offer my personal philosophy and preferred methodologies to a national presence, and a holistic perspective that allows hundreds of creative minds to contribute to a repository of our country’s best educational practices. What an awesome process! I look forward to meeting and learning from my fellow educators around the nation in celebration of education.

Susan Dankworth Troy, OH | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

Susan Dankworth has been an educator in Ohio for more than 13 years. She spent her early years teaching primary grades in both the Southwestern and Upper Arlington school districts. She then taught sixth grade mathematics, science, and language arts for five years in the Northmont City School District. Susan currently teaches fifth grade mathematics and social studies at Thomas E. Hook Elementary School in the Troy City School District.   Susan has a love for student collaborative processes, and a hands-on approach to teaching is a trademark of her classroom. She enjoys working with other professionals in the district to ensure that current methods and technologies are incorporated into her lesson design. Susan is a past Student Council Advisor at Hook Elementary and has served on a variety of curriculum committees to help support teacher needs across the district in the areas of mathematics, social studies, and science. She is currently a member of the Joint Evaluation Committee, which brings teachers and administrators together to discuss implementation strategies for Ohio’s new Teacher Evaluation System. Susan has a B.S. in education from The Ohio State University and is certified in kindergarten through eighth grade. She also holds a master’s degree (Principal) from Wright State University and is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.