The Presidential Award validates the work I do as an educator. This prestigious award opens up a professional community of learners that will help me to be a betterteacher. I would not be the teacher I am today without the support of the people with whom I have worked. My students have benefited from my learning and collaboration with others. I have been blessed with inspiring colleagues that continue to challenge and support me.

Andrea Thedorff Black Hawk, SD | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

Andrea Thedorff has taught mathematics in the elementary classroom for 11 years. She is currently teaching third grade at Black Hawk Elementary School for the Rapid City Area Schools district, where she has taught for the past seven years. Andrea creates a classroom culture that celebrates new and different learning. She uses engaging activities to encourage higher-level thinking. She understands the importance of building a fundamental understanding of mathematical concepts and strives to differentiate her lessons to meet the needs of her students. Andrea has won a grant to integrate mathematics and technology using coding robots. She continues to find ways to make mathematics meaningful and relevant to her students’ lives. She has continued to serve on her district’s mathematics leadership team as well as her building leadership team. Andrea is a member of the South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Andrea holds a B.S. in elementary education from the University of South Dakota. She received her master’s degree in differentiated instruction from Graceland University. She is a certified elementary school teacher.