Winning the Presidential Award is an honor that is humbling and extraordinary. This award is a recognition that I cannot accept alone. The administrators, teachers, parents, and students that I have had the honor to work with are all a significant part of this achievement. Receiving this honor inspires me to continue to grow as an educator and collaborate with others to help prepare our students to take an active role in contributing to educational excellence in our nation.

Claudia Suazo Metairie, LA | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

Claudia Suazo, an educator for 21 years, has taught fourth and fifth grade mathematics, science, and social studies at Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies for the last 11 years. She has served as a technology model classroom teacher, a member of the district’s External Committee Assessment Review Team, and a technology integration leader at her school. Claudia has presented at various professional development meetings and conferences, created educational blogs and videos, and mentored colleagues to improve their teaching practices. Claudia strongly believes in providing collaborative, engaging, and differentiated lessons that integrate technology to prepare her students for success in the digital age. Claudia’s awards include the regional 2016 Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE), the LACUE 2016 State Elementary Teacher of the Year, and the 2012 Regional Educator of the Year. Claudia has twice received the Technology Model Classroom Grant. She has been Teacher of the Year for her school, a state winner for Disney Planet Challenge, and a top 50 finalist in the NBC National Education Forum. Claudia earned a B.A., cum laude, in elementary education from the University of New Orleans with a concentration in mathematics. She is certified to teach first through eighth grade.