The Presidential Award affirms a dedication to creating meaningful learning experiences that make a difference in students’ lives. Collaboration with many phenomenal colleagues, curious students, and encouraging parents has inspired me to seek innovative ideas in education. I am grateful to my family who has supported my continuous effort to improve my pedagogy. This distinguished award celebrates reflection and action to motivate students to be amazing individuals passionate about learning.

Jocelyn Teismann Cincinnati, OH | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

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

Jocelyn "Wendy" Teismann is in her 10th year teaching fourth through sixth grade mathematics in a gifted program at Wilson Elementary School. Her previous 17 years of experience include kindergarten through fifth grade, and a university course for preservice teachers. Wendy is dedicated to student-focused, enriched learning that keeps children asking questions through authentic and complex problems. Students in her class incorporate their aspirations as part of personalized learning, collaborate to understand why mathematics works, and infuse creativity into their projects. Wendy has implemented donor-funded projects digitizing students’ mathematical thinking using green screen, promoting robotics design, and encouraging flexible thinking STEM activities. She has coordinated creative problem solving teams and family math nights, cofacilitated design thinking challenges, and presented at mathematics conferences. She has collaborated with her district and site leadership teams; a personalized learning cohort; and mathematics curriculum committees. She received a regional Outstanding Middle School Science Teacher award in 2006. Wendy earned B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and is certified in elementary kindergarten through eighth grade with a gifted endorsement K-12 from the University of Cincinnati. She is twice National Board Certified.