The Presidential Award is a great honor because I was nominated by a parent of a student and because it is bestowed by the National Science Foundation. This means to me that what I do every day is reaching students and making a positive impact on their lives. Being honored by a respected and prestigious organization like NSF demonstrates that my efforts are best practices for effective teaching and learning.

Amanda Menihan Morgantown, WV | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

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

With 15 years of teaching experience, Amanda Menihan currently teaches sixth and seventh grade mathematics at Altona Middle School in Colorado. Previously, she taught mathematics at Morgantown Learning Academy for seven years, where her classroom experience ranges from sixth grade mathematics to Algebra II. Amanda's goal is to help students overcome their mathematics fears and develop confidence through understanding and interactive lessons with practical applications. Amanda’s students are encouraged to solve problems using strategies that make sense to them. They articulate their mathematical thinking and work to answer the question, “Does my answer make sense?” Amanda has presented at the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ conference and has conducted professional development workshops for teachers. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and has served on the Mathematics Support Team for the St. Vrain Valley School District. Amanda earned a B.S. in liberal arts from West Virginia University, and is certified in kindergarten through sixth grade elementary education, and 7-12 mathematics. She was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and holds a M.A. in mathematics education from the University of Colorado at Boulder.