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.