The Presidential Award is significant as it honors those who are committed to high quality instruction through best practices. It celebrates the individuals who strive to meet the various challenges presented by diverse learners, and highlights their passion for excellence in education. Such recognition can also serve as an avenue for further collaboration as I continue to be a learner myself, and strive to positively affect student achievement on a broader scale.

Deeanna Golden Marianna, FL | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

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

Deeanna Golden has been teaching for 28 years and has been teaching all subjects to kindergartners at F.M. Golson Elementary School for the last 27 years. She taught fourth grade at Grand Ridge Elementary School for one year. Deeanna enjoys challenging students to progress at the highest level possible through purposeful lessons that engage students on an individual level. She feels it is essential to find creative ways to challenge every student, and has developed numerous lessons which she shares with educators through her blog and state lesson banks. In 2010, she was selected as one of six educators nationwide to spend two weeks attending professional development, and developing mathematics lessons for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Deeanna has received multiple awards and presented at an array of conferences. Her awards include the Florida Governor's Shine Award for Outstanding STEM Teachers and the District Teacher of the Year. Her conference presentations include events at the Chipola College Future Educator's Club Workshop, Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Staff Development for Educators (SDE) for Alabama and Florida. She earned a B.S. in early childhood education from Troy State University and is certified in kindergarten through third grade.