The Presidential Award is a celebration of everyone who has contributed to my success as a teacher. This includes my family who has given selflessly in allowing me to do what I love, my parents who made it possible for me to attend college, and the students who have taught me so much about the thrill of learning. It is a testament to the experienced colleagues who advised and supported me early in my career and to my younger colleagues who make me optimistic about the future of our profession.

Joel White Killen, AL | 7-12, Mathematics, 2015

Joel White has been a mathematics teacher for 26 years. For the past six years, he taught Precalculus, Calculus, and Algebra II with Trigonometry at Brooks High School in the Lauderdale County school system. Joel is currently a mathematics specialist for the Alabama Mathematics, Science, and Technology Initiative site at the University of North Alabama. Within a six-county regional in-service area, he works with mathematics teachers and students in grades 6–12 by presenting professional development and classroom instruction pertaining to inquiry-based learning. Joel’s passion for teaching mathematics has influenced the career choices of many of his students. A list of his former students includes numerous engineers, college professors, and high school mathematics teachers. His mathematics teams have won many regional and statewide awards at competitions. He served as a Teacher Mentor in a partnership with the University of North Alabama’s Mathematics Department. Joel served as President of the Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics and presently serves on that organization’s executive board. Joel earned a B.S.Ed., magna cum laude, in mathematics education and a M.A.Ed. in mathematics education from the University of North Alabama. He is certified to teach mathematics in grades 6–12. He is a National Board Certified teacher in adolescent/young adulthood mathematics.