Receiving the Presidential Award means the passion to learn and to educate others, which my teachers ignited in me and that I strive to ignite in my students, is a passion being acknowledged and celebrated. The award inspires me to continue my pursuit of excellence in mathematics instruction for the benefit of both the students I teach and the teachers I mentor. May my teaching always be reward worthy, elevating the mathematical skills and problem solving abilities of all who enter my classroom.

Donna Patten West Monroe, LA | 7-12, Mathematics, 2015

Donna Patten has been a classroom teacher for 29 years, teaching Algebra I for the past 13 years at West Monroe High School. She also taught 7th and 8th grade Mathematics, Geometry, and various levels of algebra. For three decades, desiring success for students has motivated Donna to adjust and hone her instructional strategies to meet the evolving needs of students. Her instructional style transitioned from primarily teacher led, direct instruction, to significantly student led discovery learning, resulting in deep conceptual understanding of mathematics for her students. Engaged students characterize her classroom, and annual test data document the achievement gains of her students. Donna often instructs other mathematics educators via professional development presentations including those for the Louisiana Association for Teachers of Mathematics and the Southern Region Education Board’s National Networking Conference. She promotes excellence in mathematics education by mentoring teachers and serving as Department Head. Being a successful grant writer, Donna has secured over $12,000 in grant funds for her school’s Mathematics Department. Donna earned a B.B.A. in marketing from Northeast Louisiana University and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from American College of Education. She is certified in Louisiana to teach high school mathematics, English, and business education.