The Presidential Award indicates a drive to improve at one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Reflecting on, and trying to improve, my teaching practices has been transformative for my classroom. I want to continue to share what practices have and have not worked for the students in my classroom, and the Presidential Award can be a path to improve my contributions to teaching. Most importantly, the Presidential Award allows me to meet new colleagues and grow my professional friendships.

Daniel Anderson Queensbury, NY | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Daniel Anderson has taught mathematics and computer science at Shenendehowa High School for the past two years. Currently, he is teaching 10-12th grade Algebra 2, Introduction to Computer Programming, and a MIT App Inventor class. He spent the previous 13 years teaching mathematics and computer science at Queensbury High School. Daniel has presented sessions at several national mathematics conferences on how best to use technology for teaching mathematics. He is a creative coder who makes mathematical artwork with different types of media. Daniel supports his students in creating mathematical artwork to help them learn mathematical and computer science standards. Communicating and sharing mathematics and the teaching of mathematics with colleagues on Twitter has been a passion of Daniel’s. He also has created and developed professional friendships through his four years in the New York State Master Teacher Program. Daniel earned a B.S. in mathematics and a B.S. in computer science from Union College and a M.A.T. from Union Graduate College. He is certified in secondary mathematics education by New York State.