The Presidential Award represents all of the outstanding teachers who have inspired me throughout my life. From my own first grade teacher to many of the teachers I’ve learned from, worked alongside, and collaborated with, they all share the traits which make them incredible educators. They continually question, learn, connect, and change, and this award will allow me to do just that with educators from all over the country!
Jennifer Kiederer Lawrence spent 13 years at Warren Elementary School teaching first and third grade, developing and maintaining a learner-centered mathematics environment focusing on creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.
Working closely with her district’s mathematics department, she facilitated professional development and participated in curriculum development, textbook selection and piloting, technology integration, and development of best practices. Currently, she enjoys supporting teachers and students in the kindergarten through eighth grade setting as the Mathematics Specialist at Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, CA.
Jennifer’s passion for promoting trends in education led to her involvement in "Math Voices: Educator and Mathematician Perspectives," a video series produced by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Hunt Institute. She believes that forward-thinking teachers ask great questions, responsive teachers never stop learning, memorable teachers build relationships, and innovative teachers embrace and catalyze change. She strives to embody those qualities to help others meet with success.
Jennifer holds a B.S. in elementary education from Towson University, a M.Ed. in mathematics curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and secondary mathematics certification from Loyola University Maryland.