Being recognized with the prestigious Presidential Award is both gratifying and inspiring. This award symbolizes the collaborative efforts of my colleagues, administrators, community members, and most of all, the students with whom I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my career. It inspires me to remain passionate in my work to engage young minds to be critical thinkers, real life problem solvers, and life-long learners.

Karen Moore Portsmouth, RI | K-6, Science, 2016

Karen Moore has spent the majority of her 22 year career in a co-taught second grade inclusive classroom where she integrates STEAM instruction in all aspects of learning. Karen teaches all subjects for second grade at Howard W. Hathaway Elementary School, which is named after her great-grandfather. Using the Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices and Standards, Karen engages her students in scientific discourse and hands-on experiences and, in turn, they see themselves as real scientists and engineers. Students discover the value of diversity, learn about each other’s challenges, and learn acceptance and patience, which are traits that will serve them well throughout their lives. Karen serves on the STEAM Advisory Team, Science Writing Curriculum Team, and the School Leadership Team. Karen has presented at professional development workshops on topics such as Reflex Math, Common Core Math Practices, and Using Visuals and Accommodations. She opens her lab classroomin order to model best practice in teaching to her colleagues and college students. She also shares her expertise as a cooperating teacher for local colleges and universities. Karen earned a B.A. in family studies from the University of New Hampshire and a M.A.T. in elementary education from Rhode Island College. She is certified in first through sixth grade in Rhode Island.