The Presidential Award is a tremendous honor. It validates the work great teachers do in their classrooms every day. It encourages collegiality among teachers who share a common goal of inspiring curiosity and greatness in their students. This prestigious award provides an opportunity for me to reflect upon and improve my teaching practices. It encourages teachers to learn and grow alongside an elite group of educators and share that learning with their colleagues and students.

Tamara Stine Ozark, MO | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

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

Tamara Stine is in her 21st year of teaching and her second year at Bowerman Elementary School, where she will serve as numeracy coach. She has also taught second through fourth grade, and was a numeracy specialist. Tamara previously taught for 16 years at Ozark South Elementary. Tamara strives to build a supportive community where students are comfortable engaging in productive struggle and participating in discourse. By providing high quality hands-on tasks, games, and questioning, students are able to work together to make sense of problems and develop a conceptual understanding of mathematics. Tamara has presented at district and state level conferences, including the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematic’s Summer Series. She has assisted preservice teachers in student teaching and practicum experiences. While teaching at Ozark South, Tamara partnered with the mathematics coach to develop the district mathematics curriculum for third grade. She then assisted with the implementation of the curriculum. Tamara coauthored an article on fractions that was featured in Teaching Children Mathematics, published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Tamara earned a B.S. and M.S. in elementary education from Missouri State University. She is also certified as an Elementary Mathematics Specialist. She is certified to teach prekindergarten through eighth grade.