Being recognized with the Presidential Award is a tremendous honor and provides affirmation that the efforts put forth in my classroom each day, coupled with my students' successes, are making a mark on education. It is truly a testament to the investments family, teachers, colleagues, and communities have made in my life. While a wonderful celebration, this award serves as an encouragement for me to continue to refine my craft and hone the skills needed to reach each of my students.

Jennifer Wise Columbia, SC | 7-12, Mathematics, 2015

Jennifer Wise has been teaching mathematics at Hand Middle School for the past eight years. She currently teaches Algebra I and Geometry to 7th and 8th graders. Jennifer implements innovative lessons aimed at maximizing student engagement and encouraging mathematical discourse in her classroom. With a desire to share her excitement for mathematics and learning, she frequently includes hands-on manipulatives, data-collection activities, and technology to enhance her instruction. Recognizing the importance of multiple perspectives, she provides opportunities for students to justify their solutions and debate real-world issues based on their mathematical reasoning. Jennifer has served as a presenter at various district, state, and national conferences. Further leadership opportunities have included serving as the Mathematics Department Head at her school, a Mathematics Facilitator for her district, and a member of the Standards Review Board for the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee. During the upcoming school year, she will be representing educators in her state as the 2017 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Jennifer earned a B.S. in mathematics and a M.T. in secondary mathematics from the University of South Carolina. She holds certification in middle level and secondary mathematics and has a gifted and talented endorsement.