The Presidential Award represents the aspirations of generations of teachers everywhere, the recognition that your efforts have inspired students to love learning, and the respect for the hard work it takes every day in the classroom. Great teaching requires establishing a personal relationship with each student; it demands flexibility, compassion, content knowledge, humor, and a willingness to try different things.  I look forward to sharing my passion and experiences with other educators. 

Neil Plotnick Everett, MA | 7-12, Mathematics, 2015

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Neil Plotnick, an educator for 13 years, has been a special education teacher for the past nine years at Everett High School. He has had the joy of co-teaching in virtually every content area at the high school level including Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, English, History, and Oceanography. For the past two years, Neil has been teaching Computer Science, and most recently participated in a national pilot of the new Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course developed by He has also served as the District Coordinator for Special Olympics and Adviser to the afterschool Computer Club. Neil is an active member of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA). He has presented several times at the annual conference of the CSTA on how his students use the Linux operating system for programming, networking, and configuring computer systems. Neil writes a blog on computer science teaching for the National Science Foundation’s CS10K community. In December 2014, he presented at the 100 Superstar Teachers conference in Washington, D.C. that was sponsored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology and NSF. Neil earned his B.A. in geography from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a M.Ed. in education from the Graduate College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.