The Presidential Award gives me an incredible opportunity to represent the many people who have supported my journey as an educator. My family, administrators, and fellow teachers have all played important roles, and I am grateful for their guidance. Receiving this honor renews my drive to continually improve my practice and guide students as they grow as mathematicians. I feel so thankful for a career I love, and am honored to have even been considered.

Lisa Leliaert Maxwell, IN | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

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

Lisa Leliaert is an Instructional Mathematics Coach at both Maxwell Intermediate School and Greenfield Intermediate School, where she works with teachers and leads professional development. Prior to this new position, her 16 years of teaching experience included six years as a fourth grade mathematics and science teacher at Maxwell Intermediate School. During her time at Maxwell Intermediate School, Lisa focused on effectively using both formative and summative assessment data to drive instruction. She coached a two-time state champion M.A.T.H. Bowl team. She has also presented at conferences including the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Fall Conference and Hoosier Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators’ Annual Conference. Lisa has been recognized for professional excellence in a variety of ways. She was named an ING Unsung Hero, which allowed her to expand her classroom mathematics library and gave students the opportunity to engage in mathematics activities at home. She was also an Indiana Academic Coach of the Year finalist and the Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation’s Teacher of the Year in 2016. Lisa Leliaert earned a B.S., summa cum laude, in elementary education with a technology endorsement from Indiana State University, and a M.Ed. in elementary education from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a certified elementary school teacher.