It is an incredible honor to be a recipient of the Presidential Award. It is validation of the tremendous effort teachers put forth daily to ignite a passion for learning in their students. I will continue to search for the best methods of developing students' love for mathematics. I am grateful for the support of administration, talented colleagues, family, and friends. I look forward to challenging my students to expand their understandings for years to come.

Christa Ferdig Millsboro, DE | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

Christa Ferdig has been a fifth grade teacher at Long Neck Elementary School for seven years. Next year, she’ll be teaching mathematics and science at Georgetown Middle School. She has 18 years of experience in a classroom setting. As a teacher, Christa incorporates mathematical performance standards into every lesson. She challenges students to embrace a growth mindset and be open to the excitement that comes from learning. Students are encouraged to make and defend mathematical arguments, participate in discourse, use technology, and creatively solve real world problems involving mathematics. Christa is a district lead mathematics teacher and is a member of the Instructional Leadership Team. She develops and implements professional learning opportunities for other teachers in her district. Christa is also a member of her district’s Implementation Cadre. As a member of the Implementation Cadre, she works collaboratively with district and school curriculum specialists to support staff in implementing best teaching practices. Christa earned a B.S, cum laude, in elementary education from The College of New Jersey. She is completing her M.Ed. in school leadership at Wilmington University. She holds the following certifications: Teacher of Elementary kindergarten through six, Teacher of Exceptional Children K-12, and Teacher of Middle Level Mathematics six through eight.