To me, the Presidential Award is one of the highest honors a teacher can receive, but it is not something that a teacher can do alone. I have been blessed to have outstanding mentors, energetic colleagues, supportive administrators, and more importantly wonderful students. Receiving this award would be something that I would share with everyone who has helped me get to this point in my life. It is my hope that my pursuit of this award would inspire my students to move their own mountains.

Corey Boby Benton, AR | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Corey Boby has been working in education for 20 years as a mathematics teacher and mathematics instructional coach. He currently serves as the Mathematics Instructional Specialist for the Dawson Education Cooperative. Previously, he taught 10-12th-grade Algebra 2 and Advanced Placement Calculus at Benton High School for three years. He has also taught at Lakeside High School and the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts. Technology is a key interest for Corey. He is a frequent workshop presenter and trainer for Teachers Teaching with Technology and The College Board. Corey believes in the appropriate integration of technology. He believes technology can be an invaluable tool for mathematics, but it should be used as a tool to support mathematics, not to do it for students. Mathematics should always be the focus and the center of all lessons and activities. Corey serves as a reader for the AP Calculus exam and has been a member of Arkansas Curriculum Framework revision committees. He has also served as a board member for the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Corey earned a B.S. in mathematics from Marietta College and a M.S. in mathematics from Ohio University. He is certified in secondary mathematics and is a National Board Certified Teacher.