The Presidential Award is such an exciting and affirming honor. This validates my journey to consistently improve myself and the people around me to benefit our students. This honor is a reflection of the outstanding educators I work with and supportive district leadership who value professional growth and collaboration. I strive to grow as a teacher and leader so my students experience a positive and creative learning environment where my passion for mathematics can be a positive influence.

Julie Klingensmith Norman, OK | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Julie Klingensmith has been an educator for nearly 17 years and has taught at Norman High School for 15 years. Previously, she taught at Capps Middle School and Highland East Junior High. She currently teaches 10-12th-grade Precalculus, AP Calculus, and AEGIS, a two-year honors mathematics course where she serves as a mentor, instructor, and college counselor. Julie is a leader on the district mathematics advisory board and staff development committee. She is an Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics board member and previously served as president. In addition, Julie was the 2009 Norman High Teacher of the Year, 2010 Mathematics Association of America Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, and received the 2017 University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Young Educator Award. Julie consistently plans and presents at conferences to improve her methods and help educators across the state. Julie strives to have student-centered activities where students do the discovering and communicating about mathematics. This year, students made short videos to represent sinusoidal functions over time and came up with the equation to graph the real-life situation. Julie earned a B.S. in mathematics education and M.Ed. in instructional leadership and academic curriculum from the University of Oklahoma. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and is certified in advanced mathematics.