The Presidential Award is the greatest achievement of my teaching career. Receiving this award validates my passion of bringing science education alive at the elementary level. My hope is that I am able to instill a love of science in my students and inspire them to become life-long learners. I am so humbled and honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the highest honor bestowed upon teachers. I am excited to be able to represent Lewisburg Elementary and the great State of Mississippi.

Angela McKinnon Olive Branch, MS | K-6, Science, 2016

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

Angela McKinnon has been an elementary educator for 25 years. The last 23 years she has taught fifth grade mathematics and science in the DeSoto County School District. She has been teaching at Lewisburg Elementary School for the last 12 years. As Lewisburg’s Science Guru, Angela has served as the fifth grade Lead Science Teacher, assisted with the school science fair, and judged for other schools in her district. She has also been a mentor to new teachers, served on the Mississippi Editorial Advisory Board for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill publishers, and her students have consistently scored 100% proficient and advanced on the state science test. For several years, Angela served on the content, bias, and data review committees for the Mississippi Department of Education to assist in the development of the state test. Angela earned a B.S. in elementary education from Mississippi College. She is currently working on her master's in education from Arkansas State University. She is certified in elementary education, mild and moderate disabilities, remedial reading K-12, and general science 7-12.