I love to learn about science and I want my students to have that same curiosity and enthusiasm. However, accomplishing this goal as a teacher requires a great amount of effort and time to develop and implement creative and engaging lessons. The Presidential Award is a confirmation that the hard work I put into helping my students be successful is both recognized and appreciated by others. I am honored and humbled to be an awardee and I am thankful to have the opportunity to teach.

Carol Robertson Fulton, MO | 7-12, Science, 2015

Carol Robertson taught at Fulton High School for 28 years, after one year at Hallsville High School. At Fulton High School, she taught sophomore Biology and upper level classes in both Genetics and Advanced Biology. She retired from public school teaching in June 2016 and is now a Visiting Instructor of Biology at Westminster College. Partnerships with researchers were used to enhance the experience of Carol’s students. Whether exploring Golden Retriever Muscular Dystrophy, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Arabidopsis, or maize, her students learned real-life applications of classroom topics. Her high school classroom was the first to partner with the Newborn Screening Lab at the Missouri State Public Health Lab and with Paternity Testing Corporation. Carol has presented at numerous conferences at the state, regional, and national level. She was awarded Teacher of the Year for the Fulton 58 District and received the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award given by the National Association of Biology Teachers. Carol was also selected as a Fellow for the Partnership for Research and Education in Plants at the University of Missouri (MU) and served as a Master Teacher for summer biotechnology programs for teachers at MU. Carol earned a B.S. in science education and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri. She is certified to teach biology and chemistry in grades 7–12.