The Presidential Award validates my belief that all students learn through real life tasks. Helping them discover mathematics through science, engineering, and technology, they become college and career ready. Teaching them how to evaluate the mathematics of others and design out of the box solutions, they are becoming the nation's future innovators and leaders. I am humbled by this award and grateful for the support of my family and colleagues that allows me to reach for the stars with my students.

Cindy Apley Rose Grayson, GA | 7-12, Mathematics, 2015

Cindy Apley Rose has taught mathematics in Gwinnett County Public Schools for the past 19 years. In the most recent seven year period, she has taught Algebra I, Geometry, and Precalculus to 7th and 8th graders at Couch Middle School. Cindy’s students develop critical thinking skills by completing science, technology, and engineering tasks. Working in teams, students learn to value the opinions of others while  creating and evaluating solutions to real-life situations. She uses the flipped classroom model to differentiate practice opportunities. She designed  community math nights during which present and former students demonstrate leadership skills by teaching mathematics to parents! Cindy has created and presented staff development courses for her district. She serves on her Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee for teacher recruitment and retention. She is a member of the Georgia and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and a District Mathematics Mentor. She has been her district’s middle school Teacher of the Year and a member of the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Program for Teachers. Cindy earned a B.S. in middle grades education, a M.Ed. in special education from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA, and an Ed.S. in mathematics education from the University of Georgia. She is certified in 4–12 mathematics, special education, gifted education, and as a Teacher Support Specialist.