As we journey through life, we DO make a difference. Receiving the Presidential award for something I have great love for is an honor and blessing. I look forward to the opportunities this award will bring. Throughout my incredible journey, I've been fortunate to collaborate with phenomenal colleagues, be inspired by amazing students and be supported wholeheartedly by family and friends. This award is reflective of the journey of all rural Appalachia teachers who make a difference.

Julie Randolph Albany, OH | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Julie Randolph has been an educator for over 30 years. She started her career at Meigs Middle School where she has spent the last two years as an eighth-grade mathematics teacher. Previously, she taught at Alexander Jr. High, where she served as a mathematics coach for the Federal Hocking School District, and was an instructional coach for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. Julie is committed to creating a positive classroom environment and encourages student-led dialogue. She facilitates learning through hands-on activities, technology integration, and real-world applications to strengthen conceptual and procedural fluency. Students work collaboratively while sharing ideas, strategies, and explanations to defend and justify their answers. Julie's leadership roles include being a member of her school’s leadership team, mathematics lead teacher project, and the Math Academy. She is also a member of the Ohio and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. As part of the Ohio State Mathematics Coaching Program, Julie provided embedded professional development to classroom teachers. She has presented at district, state, and national conferences on a variety of mathematics and technology integration topics. Julie earned a B.S. from Ohio University and a M.S in education from Ohio’s University of Rio Grande. She is certified in kindergarten through eighth-grade.