The Presidential Award is recognition for the amazing educators I have met in my career that have shaped who I am as a teacher. Without the passion, dedication, and collaborative spirit of these educators, I would not be receiving this honor. This award also celebrates my love of mathematics and my love of children. Without my students, their laughter, their questions, and their hugs, I would not be in this place today. Receiving this honor propels me into the next chapter of my journey.

Carrie Caldwell Salt Lake City, UT | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

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

Carrie Caldwell has been an educator for 19 years teaching first, fourth, and fifth grades. She most recently taught at Riley Elementary School for five years. This year she will teach seventh grade mathematics, eighth grade science, and English language development at Hillside Middle School. Previously, Carrie was an instructional mathematics coach for four years. Carrie strives to make her mathematics classroom culturally relevant and wants all students to have access to the core curriculum regardless of academic level, gender, race, or socioeconomic background. Students discuss and explore mathematics in concrete and authentic ways to build deep understanding. Her classroom theme this year engages students’ understanding of sustainability and their role as global citizens. Carrie also teaches elementary mathematics methods for the University of Utah. She provides professional development to teachers on behalf of the state board of education and her district. Carrie also serves on the Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics board. Carrie earned a B.A. in psychology and political science and a B.A. in elementary education from the University Kentucky. She earned a M.Ed., summa cum lade, in urban educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati. Carrie is a National Board Certified Middle-Childhood Generalist and holds elementary and level 2 mathematics endorsement.