The Presidential Award is validation of the call to service I feel for our children. This significant honor recognizes perseverance and hard work, but also comes with responsibility to hold expectations high for our future. Determination and problem solving are science practices I strive to instill in my students. My commitment to education has come from the countless mentors, colleagues, and students from whom I have learned through my career.

Alicia Foy Lake Worth, FL | K-6, Science, 2016

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

Alicia Foy has taught in the Palm Beach County School District for 20 years. She is beginning her third year as the kindergarten through fifth grade Planetarium Resource Teacher at Poinciana STEM Elementary Magnet School. She previously taught fifth grade mathematics and science at Hidden Oaks Elementary School and Discovery Key Elementary. Alicia is certified in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and STEM coaching through the University of Florida. She was lead in acquiring STEM certification for Poinciana. She has presented professional development at the local, state, and national levels, and is the STEM teaching model on the Florida Department of Education website. She writes curriculum for Palm Beach County and the University of Florida. Alicia is the recipient of teaching awards and grants that provide opportunities for students to participate in significant problem and project-based lessons. She believes the critical thinking, perseverance, and collaborative skills taught by these lessons have real world applications and encourage students to set high goals. Alicia holds a B.S., cum laude, in education from University of Central Missouri. She is certified in first through fifth grade elementary education, fifth through ninth grade general science, sixth through twelfth grade biology, English for Speakers of Other Languages K-12, and is gifted endorsed.