I am humbled to receive the Presidential Award. Receiving this award is an honor made possible through the support given from administrators, colleagues, and families to grow myself as an educator. I have had the privilege to work in progressive districts that value excellent pedagogy, professional development, collaboration, and building student relationships. Receiving this honor challenges me to continue growing and honors the educators that have shaped me to become the teacher I am today.

Lori Kalash Fargo, ND | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

Lori Kalash has been an educator for the past 17 years in the state of North Dakota. Lori currently teaches all subject areas in a first grade classroom at Independence Elementary School for West Fargo Public Schools. Previously, her teaching career included teaching all subject areas for first and second grade, reading intervention, and special education. She has taught at Osgood Kindergarten Center, Dakota Elementary School, Sweetwater Elementary School, and Lake Agassiz Elementary School. In her classroom, Lori consistently uses differentiated small group instruction, STEM education, hands-on learning, daily mathematics number talks, small and whole group discussion, and formal and informal assessments to drive instruction. Lori has mentored undergraduate students as a cooperating teacher. She has presented at conferences and worked as a college professor providing teacher education methods courses at Minot State University, Lake Region State College, and the University of North Dakota. Lori earned a B.S. in elementary education, a B.S. in physical education, a M.S. in special education, an Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate, a Gifted and Talented Credential, and an Ed.D in teacher education from the University of North Dakota. She is certified in elementary education, physical and health education, reading and mathematics, and special education.