Winning the Presidential Award is a tremendous honor for which I am very grateful. With this honor, I am standing on the shoulders of the giants, past and present, who have shaped me and my career. As a recipient, I will be afforded opportunities to reach beyond the students and colleagues within the confines of my small school. With this opportunity comes a responsibility to be civic minded in education, help teach best practices, and continue to ignite passion for teaching mathematics.

Penny Roubison Buckeye, AZ | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

Penny Roubison has been an educator for 28 years and currently teaches all subjects to third graders at Liberty Elementary School. She has spent the last 11 years at Liberty Elementary teaching second grade, third grade, and a combination of both grades for several years in a gifted and talented cluster. Previously, Penny taught kindergarten through second grade at Sunset Elementary School, and has five years of experience as a literacy coach. Penny enthusiastically uses task-based instruction to facilitate discourse that increases students’ understanding of mathematics. Students in her classroom work to solve problems, compare strategies used, make viable arguments to support their mathematical understandings, work together to articulate new understandings, and then apply those new understandings to new tasks. By actively creating and participating in this discourse, her students become enthusiastic, passionate learners of mathematics. Penny has presented professional development at the local and state level. She was the Copper Apple Recipient for Exemplary Teaching of Mathematics in Arizona in 2015, and the Liberty Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2014. Penny earned a B.A. in elementary education from Northern Arizona University and an endorsement in gifted and talented education.