This award is humbling and validating of the commitment made to this profession. The impact of working with so many highly qualified teachers that inspire and guide me, and the importance of unbounded support from administration has allowed me to achieve so much. I am blessed to have the opportunity to inspire students through science to become complex problem solvers that are critical, creative, and reflective world contributors. Receiving the Presidential Award is a remarkable honor.

Jennifer Lindsay Fargo, ND | K-6, Science, 2016

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

Jennifer "Jenny" Lindsay has been an educator for 12 years, teaching second through fifth grade in both public and charter schools. She has been at Kennedy Elementary School for the last seven years, where she currently teaches all subjects for fourth grade. In the summer, Jenny teaches LEGO Robotics at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She also provides leadership in facilitating professional development of other teachers in her building, teaching at Tech Camp, grant writing to provide her school with needed robotics materials, and cross curricular STEAM projects through the North Dakota Council on the Arts. As a result of her dedication to STEAM and the network of volunteers she has built, Jenny started a FIRST LEGO League in her school, where she oversees five active teams. She sent multiple teams to both FIRST Championship and FIRST LEGO League North American Open Championship. In the classroom, Jenny's love of science is clear to see. She seeks new ways to collaborate with professionals to extend student learning. Through problem-based learning opportunities, Jenny hopes that many students will pursue careers they might not have thought possible. Jenny earned a B.A. in elementary education from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and a M.A. in curriculum and instruction from St. Catherine University. She is certified to teach first through fifth grades.