As an educator for 30 plus years, I have learned that in order to be successful you cannot be stagnant. Change and growth are necessary each and every day. Having the support of positive people will help you to stay energized and will give you the encouragement you need to succeed. This award is a great honor and is affirmation for me that if you share your love and passion with your students and you continually look for ways to improve what you do, your efforts will be rewarded.

Lorie White Florence, AL | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Lorie White has been an educator for more than 30 years, spending all of her career teaching secondary mathematics at Rogers High School. She currently teaches Algebra II with Trigonometry and Precalculus to 11th and 12th-graders. Lorie has a passion for mathematics and shares that passion with her students. Many former students have pursued mathematics-related careers, becoming engineers, furniture designers, and mathematics teachers. Her classes are structured for discovery learning. Students are presented with a problem and are asked to work collaboratively to find a solution. Gaining and sharing new knowledge is vitally important to Lorie. As an active participant in the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative she has been introduced to many effective, researched-based strategies. As a certified trainer in the initiative, she has had the opportunity to share these strategies with numerous teachers throughout Alabama. Lorie also published lesson plans on the Alabama Learning Exchange that are available for teacher use. As a member of the Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Lorie has held leadership positions on the executive committee serving as both the Membership Chair and the District One Director. Lorie earned a B.S. in computer science and a M.A.Ed. in mathematics from the University of North Alabama. She is certified in 6-12th-grade mathematics.