It is an incredible and humbling honor to be chosen to receive the Presidential Award. It is a validation of my everyday efforts to create critical thinkers and problem solvers in my classroom and a testament to those who have helped me reach this level. Receiving this honor challenges me to continue my work and passion for mathematics in the elementary classroom.

Lindsey Tellinghuisen Willow Lake, SD | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

Lindsey Tellinghuisen has been an educator for 10 years, teaching all subjects of fourth grade at Willow Lake School for the past seven years. Previously, Lindsey taught fourth grade at Montrose Elementary. Lindsey works to create a classroom of thinkers and problem solvers. Students in her classroom feel comfortable to make mistakes, talk about their thinking, appreciate others' thinking, and make sense of the mathematical world around them. Positive growth mindset is a cornerstone of her mathematics instruction. Lindsey has been involved in South Dakota Counts as a teacher leader, participated in the Oceti Sakowin Course Project and Master Teacher Academy, and served both as a mentor and mentee in the South Dakota Teacher to Teacher Support Network. Lindsey initiated a crazy 8's afterschool mathematics club in her district, and is a South Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics member. Lindsey earned a B.A. in elementary education, a minor in reading, and a K-12 technology education endorsement from Dakota State University. She is certified to teach kindergarten through eighth grade.