Students are the heart of each community, and we want students to emerge from our schools with the academic and emotional skills needed for the lives ahead of them. I spend my day with wonderful students - I want them to feel hopeful and to have a sense of accomplishment and worth. I am so thankful for this opportunity to learn and grow. It is a privilege to be an educator at such an exciting time, a time when providing an excellent education to all students is a very real possibility.

Wanda Streepey Dallas, TX | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Wanda "Jean" Streepey has been an educator for 13 years. She currently teaches seventh-grade Accelerated Mathematics and serves on the instructional leadership team at Highland Park Middle School. Previously, she taught at McCulloch Intermediate School for six years. Jean leverages technology to develop enrichment and support materials for her students. She creates lesson-specific YouTube videos and matching online notes. In addition, students in Jean’s classes produce their own videos so that their classmates can watch the peer-created tutorials while reviewing for the semester exam. Jean has presented sessions for the Texas ASCD State Conference and the North Texas Visioning and Innovation conferences. She served as a Team Lead and a Critical Friend for the U.S. Department of Education’s Teach to Lead Summits on Innovation and STEAM. In 2016, Jean was the Secondary Teacher of the Year for Texas Region 10 which represents 80 school districts and over 50,000 teachers in the Dallas area. Jean served as a project manager for her district’s STEAM Design Team. Jean earned a B.B.A. with a finance concentration from Southern Methodist University, a M.B.A. from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and a M.Ed. in leadership and policy from the University of Texas in Arlington. Her certifications include master mathematics teacher 4-8, business and finance 6-12, and principal.