Being recognized for the Presidential Award of Excellence gives me a moment of pause. As I reflect on the students, staff, and administration that have guided my path thus far, I am thankful for their support. This award validates my efforts, but it is also a tribute to my students. For it is my students that motivate me in my passion for teaching mathematics. This award has created reflection and innovation as I prepare for future learning opportunities.

Trissa McCabe Hutchinson, KS | 7-12, Mathematics, 2015

Trissa McCabe, an educator since 1995, teaches 8th grade mathematics at Reno Valley Middle School where she has taught for 15 years. Previously, Trissa taught Algebra I and 7th grade mathematics for six years. Trissa engaged with the Common Core early on by creating a flexible curriculum that centered around learning the “why,” behind the mathematics and not just the “how.” She continues to serve on both the Building and District Leadership Teams, where she plans and supports goals to promote student learning. Most recently, as the Lead Math Writer for the consulting firm Cross and Joftus, Trissa created a 5th through 8th grade mathematics curriculum to align with social justice themes, such as freedom and voice, for an afterschool program. Other achievements are a published lesson in the Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School Journal and being named the Kansas Technology Rich Classroom Teacher of the year. She has received training in Engineering by Design to help promote STEM education and cross curricular lessons. Trissa has also presented at a variety of conferences regarding technology and mathematical pedagogy. Trissa earned a B.S., cum laude, in elementary education from Kansas State University and a M.S. in curriculum and instruction from Wichita State University. She is a certified kindergarten through 8th grade teacher with an emphasis in mathematics.