The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching demonstrates that I am making a difference. It confirms that my hands-on, student-based way of teaching mathematics is effective and respected in the teaching community. Being a PAEMST winner opens new doors of opportunity for professional growth. I can connect with educators who strive to improve education allowing me to be a more effective teacher. I will make a difference in my classroom, community, state and country.

Jennifer Kueter Anchorage, AK | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

Jennifer Kueter has taught in the Anchorage School District for 23 years, the last 16 at Scenic Park Elementary School. She has taught kindergarten through second grade. Jennifer is a STEM site-based specialist, responsible for school-based teacher training and support. Jennifer is a member of the Math Academic Alignment Committee. She has assisted in the selection of a new mathematics curriculum, created academic plans based on Common Core State Standards, designed and implemented district-wide teacher in-services, and designed teacher and parent information brochures to increase understanding of mathematics education. Jennifer has been involved with the district science department for over 10 years. She has created, piloted, and written new science curriculum. She taught quarterly trainings for new and new-to-grade-level teachers. Her desire to make a difference extends beyond her classroom. She is a mentor to preservice and new teachers, and has lead cohort groups to assist teachers in implementing and understanding mathematics curriculum. Jennifer received her B.A. in elementary education from the University of Iowa, and her M.S. in education technology and Ed.S. in instructional technology from the University of Missouri. She is certified in early childhood, elementary, and online education. Jennifer is a National Board Certified Teacher.