The Presidential Award, the highest distinction awarded to mathematic teachers, acknowledges my dedication and passion for teaching. I am honored to receive such a prestigious award. I am especially thankful to my parents who instilled the importance of education. I welcome the opportunity to network with teachers from across the country and look forward to the new opportunities it will provide me. This award is second only to igniting the “spark” for mathematics in my students.

Christine Bickett Shepherdsville, KY | 7-12, Mathematics, 2015

Christine (Christy) Bickett is in her 19th year at North Bullitt High School, where her experience ranges from algebra to calculus. She currently teaches Precalculus and Advanced Placement Calculus AB. She also teaches Dual Credit Precalculus and Dual Credit Calculus as a Morehead State University Early College Adjunct Professor. During her tenure as the Mathematics Department Chair at North Bullitt, Christy has added Dual Credit Precalculus, Dual Credit Calculus, AP Computer Science A, and AP Computer Science Principles to increase the advanced course opportunities. Securing funds through grants, competitions, and other sources, she has provided TI-Nspire CX calculators to every student to ensure equal access to technology. Christy has also served as the AdvanceKY School Math Coordinator, and Kentucky Core Advocate—mentoring preservice teachers and cooperating teacher activities for first year teachers. Christy earned a B.S., summa cum laude, in mathematics from Western Kentucky University and a M.A.T. in mathematics from the University of Louisville. In 2009, Christy earned National Board Certification in adolescence and young adulthood mathematics. As a Candidate Support Provider, she mentors teachers from across the state. As a National Board Ambassador, she actively recruited candidates and presented at various Jump Start trainings to provide teachers the opportunity to analyze their practice.