I am honored to receive this distinguished Presidential Award. I feel privileged to be among remarkable and celebrated educators. I am humbled to know I represent outstanding and passionate teachers who challenge and inspire students every day. This award celebrates the support I have been given to be a learner in my own classroom. It recognizes the energy and passion I have for mathematics and celebrates how students and teachers can partner to make learning fun, engaging, and rigorous.

Janee Rivard-Johnson Minneapolis, MN | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

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

Janee’ Rivard-Johnson has been a teacher in Minneapolis for the past 23 years, teaching various grades and working as a mathematics specialist. She is in her third year of teaching fifth grade at Kenny Community School. Janee’ works tirelessly to instill a drive and passion for mathematics, and is dedicated to increasing conceptual understanding of mathematics through engaging, hands-on, inquiry-based lessons. In Janee’s classroom, mistakes are opportunities for learning, messes are commonplace, and all students are part of a productive struggle. Mathematics is celebrated every day to build a positive learning community and confidence within each student. Professional development has been an integral part of Janee’s career. She has presented on mathematical pedagogy at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics; was an adjunct professor for Augsburg College; and led a district mathematics summer workshop. Janee’ initiated parent and student math nights in the district; served on the district math curriculum team; volunteered to coach a math team; and received more than $10,000 in grants. Janee’ earned a B.A. in elementary education from Augsburg College and a M.A. in education from Hamline University in Minnesota. She received her certificate for advanced learners in 2012 and is a certified kindergarten through sixth grade teacher.