The Presidential Award is a tremendous honor and a celebration of science education. Receiving this honor inspires me to continue the work I have started with science programming in the Washington, DC area, and is a dedication to each student I have taught. Without the support of my students, school leaders, fellow teachers, community members, and family, this recognition would not have been possible.

Jennifer Ramsey Washington, DC | K-6, Science, 2016

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

Jennifer Ramsey has been an educator for 12 years, teaching in Washington, DC’s Public and Public Charter School systems. Jennifer’s teaching career has included a range of grade levels and content areas from kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as middle school science. For the past three years, Jennifer has taught elementary science at KIPP DC Heights Academy, and today continues to work with KIPP DC as a science instructional coach. As an instructional coach, Jennifer directs her passion for science education toward helping other KIPP DC schools develop elementary science programming. Jennifer uses a three-dimensional approach to teaching the Next Generation Science Standards and is committed to providing students with meaningful learning experiences. Jennifer is known for partnering with local organizations and using her school’s outdoor garden as an extension of her classroom. Jennifer has been the recipient of teaching awards and grants, and is a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Campus Fellow, where she will work with a cohort of teachers, and the Secretary of Education, to inform educational policy. Jennifer earned a B.S. in kinesiology from the University of Maryland and completed her M.A. in teaching elementary education from Trinity University. She completed all requirements for DC licensure through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.