Receiving the Presidential Award for teaching mathematics is an extraordinary pinnacle moment in my career. My family, friends, teachers, mentors, and administrators have supported my passion for teaching and learning mathematics and have played an integral role in my success. This award substantiates my resolve and motivates me to continue establishing the best mathematical practices, which inspire my students to stretch the limits of their capabilities for greater mathematical understanding.

Elizabeth Allen Hellertown, PA | 7-12, Mathematics, 2015

Elizabeth Allen has been teaching mathematics at Saucon Valley High School for the past 19 years. She currently teaches Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB/BC. She provides volunteer tutoring for her AP Calculus students after school; organizes an annual mathematics tour of New York City and its Museum of Mathematics; and runs a two week summer Calculus Camp. Elizabeth is also a part time mathematics faculty member at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, PA. Elizabeth received the Star Teacher Award for Teaching with Technology. She has presented at conferences for the National Science Foundation, Lehigh University’s Technology Summit, and the 2016 Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In her classroom, students participate in lessons that are dynamic, interactive, technology-based, and problem-focused utilizing a team approach for collaborative learning. Her instructional plans are based on Universal Backward Design supported by the AP College Board’s Curriculum Framework for AP Calculus.   Elizabeth earned a B.S., summa cum laude, in mathematics with a certificate to teach secondary education from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. She received her M.Ed. in mathematics education from DeSales University in Center Valley, PA, and she continues in a graduate study program of teaching, learning, and technology at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.