It is an honor to be chosen for the Presidential Award. This whole experience has been very humbling and has given me time for a lot of self-reflection. I realize how passionate I am about students receiving quality math instruction. This award reflects the dedication and commitment I have to helping students become better mathematicians. I am thankful for those who have been with me on this incredible journey. I would not be the mathematics instructor I am today without them.

Francie Robertson Lake Orion, MI | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

Francie Robertson has been an educator for 11 years, all of which have been at Pine Tree Elementary School in the Lake Orion School District. She currently teaches fourth grade. Francie aims to increase student achievement by encouraging her students to engage in thoughtful mathematical discourse. Francie’s enthusiasm for mathematics shows by providing her students with hands-on activities, games, real-world mathematics problems, and opportunities to showcase their thinking and reasoning. She enjoys hearing her students debate their thinking and have "aha" moments. Francie has served as a mathematics co-chair on the school’s Math Committee for the past seven years. She has coordinated several Pine Tree Family Math Nights that provide families an opportunity to engage in real-world mathematics. Francie currently serves on her school district's Math Assessment Team, and has also served on the Math Curriculum Adoption Committee. Francie continues her mathematics education by participating in book studies, taking online classes, and attending conferences. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She believes it is important to stay up to date on the most current mathematical practices. Francie has a B.S. in zoology and a M.A. in curriculum and teaching from Michigan State University. She is a certified elementary teacher.