Receiving the Presidential Award is not so much a recognition of my accomplishments, but a celebration of those who have invested, guided, and inspired me to be a life-long learner. Each day, I stand in the company of dedicated, hard-working, and talented teachers who challenge and encourage me to be my very best. I strive to provide that same motivation to the students I teach. Being recognized for this is truly an honor!

Stephen Smith Wichita, KS | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Stephen "Steve" Smith has been an educator for 22 years. He recently started at Allison Traditional Magnet Middle School as the Explorations in Technology Teacher. For the previous seven years, Steve worked at Christa McAuliffe K-8 Academy, teaching Mathematics 6 through Algebra 1 to middle school students and technology and Project Lead the Way classes to fifth through eighth-grade students. He also spent 15 years teaching second through fifth-grade classes at McLean Science and Technology Magnet Elementary School. Steve has written computer applications and developed project-based learning activities to engage his students in mathematics and to prepare them to enter Career Technical Education pathways in high school. He has led meetings to help parents support their children through new standards, pioneered standards-based grading at his school, and worked on district committees. Steve has coached LEGO and VEX Robotics teams for students. He also works with Wichita State University to lead robotics summer camps for students and training workshops for parents and teachers who want to start robotics teams. Steve earned a B.A. in business administration with a computer science minor, a B.A. in elementary education, and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Wichita State University. He is certified in middle school mathematics, elementary education, English for speakers of other languages, technology education, and is a National Board Certified teacher.