The Presidential Award is the accumulation of the passion and hard work dedicated to continuously promoting and improving the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. I am humbled to join this network of distinguished educators. This prestigious award has renewed my purpose to continue providing guidance, support, and encouragement to my colleagues and school, and to continue helping my students become more competent, persevering and confident in mathematics and other activities.

Judy Naz Dededo, GU | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Judy Naz has been a mathematics educator for 11 years at Okkodo High School. She currently teaches Prealgebra, Trigonometry, and Advanced Placement Calculus AB to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. She has also taught algebra, geometry, and precalculus. Additionally, she has taught college mathematics as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland, University College Asia. In her classroom, Judy has students make connections between algorithms and visual models using technology and critiquing the work of their peers. She allows students to retake assessments to reduce test anxiety and help them improve by learning from their mistakes. Judy has served as a member of Okkodo High’s curriculum leadership team since August 2013 and has facilitated professional development on district curriculum initiatives. Since 2012, she had been the Chair of the Mathematics Department and is responsible for facilitating professional learning to improve the school’s mathematics program. In addition to being a teacher leader, Judy is the primary sponsor for Okkodo High’s Mu Alpha Theta, National Mathematics Honor Society. The school was recently inducted in May 2017. Judy earned a B.A., magna cum laude, in mathematics and secondary education from the University of Guam, and a M.A.T. in mathematics from Northern Arizona University. She is certified in secondary mathematics.