The Presidential Award is such a remarkable honor. I am overwhelmed with motivation knowing that others recognized my passion and efforts to help students reach their fullest potential while working to prepare them for this ever changing world. This award opens doors and provides amazing networking connections. It is a way to continue my journey as a life-long learner. I look forward to the various opportunities that await.

Heather Landreth Winterville, NC | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

Heather Landreth has taught kindergarten for 14 years, including the last nine at W.H. Robinson Elementary School. While Heather teaches all subjects, she found she has a passion for getting others excited about STEM instruction. Recently, Heather facilitated two online book studies in an effort to increase a collaborative and innovative mindset in her district. She has presented at several conferences on teaching methods and technology. Heather hosts undergraduate education students in a two-to-one co-teaching model. She has served on committees at the state level to rewrite mathematics assessments and standards. In 2013, the North Carolina Governor’s Educational Advisory Team visited her classroom to learn more about the implementation of one-to-one devices at the elementary level. Heather’s awards include being named a finalist for Pitt County School’s Teacher of the Year in 2009 and 2014. She and a team of colleagues were awarded a $71,000 grant for one-to-one iPads in their kindergarten through third grade classrooms. As a Teacher of Excellence in Digital Learning Competencies, she has been highlighted in online professional learning courses. Heather earned a B.S. and a M.Ed in elementary education, both from East Carolina University. She has a K-12 reading licensure and is a National Board Certified Early Childhood Generalist.