The Presidential Award acknowledges educators who are dedicated to innovation and excellence in the classroom. It celebrates teachers who have a passion for learning and instill that same passion in their students. I am honored to be considered for such an award and recognize that achieving this award is only through the support of colleagues who have contributed to my growth as an educator and my students who inspire me daily.

Kristin Bundren Hoover, AL | 7-12, Science, 2017

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

Kristin Bundren has been an educator for 12 years and has spent all of those at Spain Park High School in the Hoover City Schools district. She currently teaches ninth-grade pre-Advanced Placement Biology. Kristin uses teaching strategies that incorporate various learning styles to meet the differentiated needs of her students. Students are challenged daily in her classroom through lessons where they carry out investigations, develop models, and analyze data. Kristin works to increase scientific thinking by using argument-driven inquiry to allow opportunities for problem solving, discussion and explanation. Kristin has served as a teacher leader in her school as Science Department Chair and in her district as an engaged learning facilitator and member of the curriculum development team. She has presented at local, regional and national conferences on differentiated teaching, formative assessment, technology, and scientific argumentation. Kristin earned a B.A. in secondary science education from Auburn University. She is certified in general science. She is a National Board Certified teacher in adolescent and young adulthood science.