I want to be the teacher who makes a positive difference in my students’ lives, and leaves them with a lasting impression. Being a recipient of the Presidential Award recognizes that I am reaching my students. By creating informative, engaging lessons, I seek to provide a significant and caring impact. This award acknowledges my continuing effort to develop fun, interactive, and targeted lessons each and every day. I'm honored to have touched so many lives as a teacher.

Carolyn Jordan Littleton, CO | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

Carolyn (Carrie) Jordan has taught first, fifth, and sixth grades at Normandy Elementary School for 22 years. She currently teaches fourth grade, which includes an accelerated mathematics class. Carrie’s lessons include “active math,” where students act out mathematics processes, draw pictures, and use "cheerleader" moves to show geometry. She provides manipulatives to increase the depth of knowledge: food is used to illustrate fractions; sayings help her students to remember mathematics operations; cards and dice are used to practice facts and learning objectives. As a fifth and sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Jordan provided a Math Club for struggling students. She implemented an interactive civics unit by allowing students to take part in a model town. Carrie also led students in an annual district curriculum, which included a weeklong outdoor-based educational experience in the Rocky Mountains. Carrie served on the Parent-Teacher Organization Board for nine years. She runs the school Science Fair, has presented her “active math” idea at local conferences, and has trained staff members on INTEL: Teach to the Future. Carrie has a B.A. in communications and a certificate of elementary education from the State University of New York - Brockport, and a M.A. in administration supervision curriculum development - instructional technology from the University of Colorado at Denver.