Receiving the Presidential Award is truly a great honor. I am blessed to be able to have a job I love and to help educate the leaders of tomorrow. Without the support of my family, friends, and colleagues I would not be the teacher I am today. The students I have taught have each left their imprint on me and they continue to motivate me to be the best teacher I can be. I feel that education is a life long journey and the key to success. This award reflects my dedication to teaching and learning. 

Camilla Walck Virginia Beach, VA | 7-12, Science, 2015

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

Camilla Walck has taught science at Princess Anne High School for 21 years. She has taught Earth Science, Environmental Science, and Advanced and Core Biology. For the past 17 years she has been educating 12th grade International Baccalaureate (IB) students on the wonders of advanced biological concepts. Camilla has taught methods courses at Virginia Wesleyan College, and currently teaches Anatomy as an adjunct professor at Tidewater Community College. She has presented at many conferences, including the annual Virginia Association of Science Teachers conference later this year. Camilla has had her work published in a peer reviewed journal and is the sole author of an IB Biology review book. She has received grants to purchase biotechnology equipment and a greenhouse. Camilla believes that science should be taught interdisciplinarily, with a student centered, hands-on approach. She is an advocate for personalized learning and is working on professional development within her school district to investigate and educate other teachers about the power of personalized learning strategies. Camilla earned her A.S. from Tidewater Community College while raising her three young children. She continued her educational journey for the next 15 years, while earning her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Old Dominion University. Camilla is certified to teach earth science, biology, and oceanography.