Being honored with the Presidential Award is both exciting and humbling. I am so proud of the work the professionals in my district do each day to enrich student learning, and I know that without their support I would not be the teacher I am today. I am encouraged and excited by this award to continue challenging students to take risks in their learning and engage in their passions to prepare them for the future they may choose.

Ashley Flatebo Mason City, IA | K-6, Science, 2016

Ashley Flatebo has been an instructional coach in the Mason City School District for the past school year. She has also taught fifth grade science and social studies at Lincoln Intermediate, as well as sixth grade science and reading, and eighth grade science at John Adams Middle School during her 13 year career in the Mason City Community School District. Her belief in providing students with experiences to enrich their learning has led her to coach FIRST LEGO League, as well as to judge, plan, and host VEX Robotics tournaments--taking advantage of multiple STEM grants to support these activities and benefit her students. She has also planned a community STEAM Festival at Lincoln Intermediate for three years where local businesses show students how their STEM learning applies outside of the classroom. Ashley was accepted to the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in 2012 and the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy in 2014. She has presented at many different conferences for STEM and the Iowa Core over the past six years. Ashley earned a B.A. in elementary and middle level education from the University of Northern Iowa with a basic science minor. She holds a reading endorsement from Buena Vista University, and a M.A. in education from Morningside College. She is certified to teach kindergarten through eighth grade.