I am honored and humbled to receive the Presidential Award. It validates my passion for and knowledge of how primary level students best learn mathematics, and is a testament to the trust and sharing of the teachers and administrators who have been a part of my journey. Receiving this award challenges me to grow my impact, supporting and building the capacity of teachers and administrators, so that all students are engaged with high levels of mathematics and excellent instruction every day.

Denise Rawding Newark, NJ | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

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

Denise Rawding has been an educator for 25 years and has been serving as the kindergarten through fourth grade mathematics coach at Roberto Clemente Elementary School for two years. Previously, Denise was a kindergarten teacher for three years at First Avenue School. Denise helps students build a deep understanding of mathematics, using tasks and discussions to empower students. She shares her love of mathematics by engaging students in collaborative activities and learning stations. Her classes are active and fun, with an emphasis on learning from others. Denise has presented at numerous conferences, including conferences sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the mathematics associations of New Jersey, New York, and New England. She works with the New Jersey Standards Advocates, providing professional development to help teachers build a deeper understanding of the mathematics they teach and develop instructional strategies to engage all students. Denise earned a B.A. in elementary education, a M.A. in human services leadership, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership, all from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Her published dissertation is entitled, “Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: How Well do the Textbook and Instructional Methods Align?” She is certified in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade elementary education.