The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching honors a community of teachers whose passion is helping students successfully learn. With innovation, collaboration, and reflection, these dedicated teachers pay the price of excellence in behalf of their students. I am humbled and extremely grateful to represent this distinguished community of educators who daily strive to make a positive impact in the lives, dreams, and futures of our wonderful students.

Vicki Lyons Highland, UT | 7-12, Mathematics, 2015

Vicki Lyons is in her 23rd year teaching mathematics, 17 of which have been at Lone Peak High School where she currently teaches Honors III Mathematics, Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC, and AP Statistics. Her classroom experience ranges from Algebra I through college mathematics courses. By emphasizing sociomathematical norms in her classroom, Vicki guides her students to become confident, knowledgeable, and authentic users of mathematics and statistics. Her focus is helping students develop strong logical foundations through conceptual understanding, strategic reasoning, and practiced skill.   Vicki has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops and served on many committees at the local, state, and national levels. She enjoys her present work with the Utah State Office of Education’s Secondary Math Leadership Team. Amongst her many awards, Vicki recently received the Distinguished Mathematics Educator Award from Brigham Young University. Vicki serves on staff of the Teacher Leadership Program for the Institute for Advanced Study’s Park City Mathematics Institute. Vicki earned a B.S., magna cum laude, in mathematics and a M.A. in mathematics education with a minor in statistics from Brigham Young University. She is also a third year doctoral student in curriculum and instruction at Utah State University. Vicki is National Board Certified in mathematics/adolescence and young adulthood.