Receiving the Presidential Award is an incredible honor. While I always wanted to be a teacher, I never imagined that my work would reach beyond my own classroom. I am thankful for all of the opportunities I have been given to learn more about mathematics instruction and to implement my learning in my classroom and at my school. I am passionate about helping students deeply understand mathematics, and I value opportunities to share that passion with others.

Sarah Ogier Littleton, CO | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

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

Sarah Ogier is in her 13th year of teaching and 12th year at Field Elementary School. She currently teaches fourth grade mathematics, science, and social studies and coaches third through fifth grade teachers. Sarah focuses on building students’ conceptual understanding through collaborative problem solving and purposeful discussion. She encourages students to use various strategies and models to solve problems and orchestrates discussions such that students can make connections between various representations, thus deepening their understanding of the mathematics involved. Sarah serves on her district's Mathematics Teacher Leader Cadre, participating in various activities to deeply understand the Common Core State Standards and best practices for instruction. She was involved in selecting new district mathematics materials, and her classroom became a model for their implementation. Sarah earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in liberal studies from Westmont College and a M.A. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in elementary mathematics from the University of Colorado Denver. She also holds a certificate in mathematics teacher leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. She is licensed to teach kindergarten through sixth grade elementary education and 7-12 mathematics education.