I am honored to receive this prestigious award. I am grateful to my colleagues, administrators, students, family members, and community that have inspired me to continue growing and advancing in my field. This award validates that when you have a risk-free environment with high expectations and engaging lessons, all students will not only reach but exceed their potential. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to work with amazing students on a daily basis.

Angela August Gulfport, MS | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

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

Angela August has taught first through fourth grade for 22 years, 14 of which have been at Twenty-Eighth Street Elementary School. (She is currently serving as the school’s Principal). As an instructional leader, she has had the opportunity to team teach, plan, and model lessons. Angela implements engaging lessons with a focus on mathematical discussions involving problem solving skills. Students are encouraged to discover answers by using a variety of manipulatives and strategies. As the facilitator, Angela motivates students to discover their answers by using higher-level questions, prompting them to think about different strategies to solve the problems. Teachers, coaches, administrators, and state-level visitors have observed Angela's teaching. She has mentored in many capacities, helping teachers and student teachers understand the state standards and implement lessons that require abstract thinking and higher-level discussions. Angela has presented numerous professional development sessions at the school and district level. She has also presented at the national level. Angela earned a B.S. in elementary education from the University of South Alabama. She also earned a master's degree in elementary education and a specialist in education from William Carey University. She is National Board Certified in Early Childhood Education.