I am honored to be a recipient of this Presidential Award. At a young age, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. This award embodies the hopes and dreams of that little girl who, like our students, was eager to learn and explore the world. It is also a symbol of my dedication to education and my endless pursuit for knowledge. I am proud to be part of a unique group of educators who inspire children to love and learn mathematics.  

Carmen Olmo La Fontaine San Juan, PR | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

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

Carmen Olmo has been an educator for more than 30 years and has been teaching mathematics at Saint John's School since 1997. She has also taught at W.E. Greiner Middle School in Dallas, TX, and at Academia San Jorge in San Juan, PR. Carmen currently teaches sixth grade mathematics. She has taught mathematics courses ranging from arithmetic to precalculus and has taught music classes.  Carmen’s passion for teaching mathematics motivates and engages her students in the learning process. She integrates technology in her classes through projects, songs, self-created videos, and the textbook website. She has led winning teams in the Stock Market Game. Carmen is the Math Content Leader in the Elementary School. She has served on curriculum design and strategic planning teams. She has facilitated and attended various professional development activities.  Carmen sings in choirs through which she has represented Puerto Rico in competitions and festivals in Europe, Canada, and the US. She has also been a choir director in two schools. Carmen has a B.A. in mathematics education from the University of Puerto Rico and a M.A. in administration and supervision of schools from University of Phoenix, Guaynabo. She has completed all the requirements for an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. She is a certified mathematics teacher, secondary school principal, and curriculum specialist.