The Presidential Award is not only an honor, but a testament to the mentors, colleagues, family members, and students who have all made me strive to be the best teacher I can be. This award motivates me to provide my students with the best science instruction and my colleagues with the best instructional support. I am grateful for the additional opportunities provided by the Presidential Award which will serve as inspiration for continuing my passion.

Heather Witt Las Vegas, NV | 7-12, Science, 2017

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

Heather Witt has been a science educator for eight years and has spent the last two years teaching 9-12th-grade Biology at Arbor View High School. She previously taught at K.O. Knudson Middle School, Lawrence Middle School, and Keller Middle School. Heather holds a deep belief that all students are capable of learning science. Her teaching focuses on using inquiry-based strategies to help students develop and revise their own understanding of science concepts. This process allows all students to grow their understanding regardless of their backgrounds and starting points. Heather’s passion for science instruction extends beyond the walls of her classroom. Her work with colleagues on developing and leading professional development for the Next Generation Science Standards has provided teachers across the district with the support and tools they need to implement the instructional shifts needed to ensure student success with these new standards. Heather has presented at regional and national conferences, including the Southern Nevada Math and Science Conference and National Science Teachers Association national conferences. Heather earned a B.S. in kinesiological sciences and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and is certified in general and biological science.