As a mathematics support specialist, the Presidential Award celebrates the collaborative process of co-planning and co-teaching lessons to increase student achievement in mathematics. Through my colleagues' support and willingness to learn together, we developed a mathematics program to engage learners with hands-on activities. This award recognizes the endless potential of educators who are empowered to teach together to ensure success for every learner.

Angelica Jordan APO, AE | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

Angelica Jordan has been a teacher for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) for 14 of her 23 years in education. Currently she is an Instructional Systems Specialist for world languages and English as a Second Language (ESL) for the Europe South District office. Prior to this professional development role, she taught military children for five years as the Math Specialist at Robinson Barracks Elementary School. Throughout her career, Angelica has taught elementary Spanish immersion, Spanish, and mathematics. In 2011, she was honored as the DoDEA Teacher of the Year. Angelica believes in the power of collaboration to increase teacher effectiveness and student achievement. When teachers co-plan, co-teach, and reflect together, they benefit from each other’s expertise. This job-embedded professional learning bridges the gap between theory and practice. At the school and district level, Angelica works to build teacher capacity to help DoDEA’s military children reach their potential. Angelica earned a B.A., magna cum laude, in education and Spanish from Concordia College. She received her M.A. in education from Hamline University. In August of 2017, she received her Ph.D. in K-12 educational leadership from Walden University. Angelica is certified in K-12 Spanish, K-12 ESL, bilingual education, and kindergarten through eighth grade elementary education.