The Presidential Award is a great honor, and I am humbled to be considered for this award. It is a reflection of the encouragement and support I have received from the colleagues and students with whom I've had the privilege to work. I am grateful that they, along with my family, have inspired me to develop innovative ways to make mathematics meaningful, to challenge students to set high expectations for themselves, and to continue to grow as an educator.

Kelle Lyn Scott Fairfax, VA | 7-12, Mathematics, 2015

Kelle Lyn Scott has been an educator for over 12 years, including the last seven years as a middle school mathematics teacher at Robinson Secondary School. Her classroom experience includes Mathematics 7, Mathematics 8, Algebra 1, and various mathematics intervention courses. Kelle Lyn now serves as an Instructional Coach at Rose Hill Elementary School. In the classroom, Kelle Lyn creates an environment where all students can increase their appreciation for mathematics, even if they were previously reluctant about the subject. She includes many opportunities for student choice and cooperative learning. Kelle Lyn incorporates discovery activities, meaningful discourse, and projects that require students to apply their understanding to real-life situations. In addition to her responsibilities as a classroom teacher, Kelle Lyn has served as a Department Chair for over eight years. She has also coached cohorts of first year math teachers in her school district for the last eight years. Kelle Lyn has taught courses for other teachers about increasing rigor in the secondary mathematics classroom and building conceptual understanding of abstract concepts for middle school Algebra 1 students. Kelle Lyn earned a B.A., cum laude, in French and a M.Ed. from Valparaiso University. She is certified in mathematics, social studies, and French.