Being nominated for the Presidential Award affirms the importance of what I do in the classroom everyday. This award is a testament to my goal of providing authentic and engaging learning experiences for each of my students every day. The application process was possible only with the support of my family, colleagues, students, and administration. Receiving this honor also motivates me to accept the challenge of leadership beyond the classroom with confidence.

Teri Kimble Hydro, OK | 7-12, Science, 2015

Teri Kimble has been an educator at Hydro-Eakly Middle School/High School for eight years, and during that time she has taught General Science to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Teri uses teaching strategies that incorporate hands-on learning opportunities to meet the differentiated needs of the various learning styles of her students. Colleagues describe her classroom as, “actively engaging for all students.” Students say it is “creative and fun.” Teri works to increase scientific thinking by providing activities that encourage discussion and allow opportunities for problem solving and explanation. Students in her classroom work together to build an understanding of the content, while having the chance to develop an individual understanding of science processes. Teri served on the Writing Committee for the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science that were recently approved and implemented in classrooms across the state of Oklahoma. Her awards include Masonic Lodge Teacher of Today recognition as well as District Teacher of the Year. Teri earned a B.S., magna cum laude, in education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She is certified in elementary education for first through 8th grade, as well as mid-level science for 5th through 8th grade.