Receiving the Presidential Award is a tribute to the mentors who have fostered my passion for mathematics education and encouraged me to seek leadership opportunities. This award reflects their investment in me and my commitment to pass along their legacy to the next generation of teachers and students. This recognition is also a testament to my students, who inspire me to pursue excellence every day. It is an honor to be included in this community of distinguished educators.

Alicia Davis Lincoln, NE | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Alicia Davis has taught eighth-grade mathematics at Scott Middle School since 2013. From 2002 to 2013, she taught mathematics at Hastings Middle School in Hastings, NE. She currently teaches Algebra, Pre-Algebra, and Mathematics Intervention. Alicia is known for her development of rich mathematical tasks, use of collaborative teams in the classroom, and ability to connect with and inspire all levels of learners. She encourages her students to understand mathematics at a conceptual level, to make connections to the real world and to view themselves as mathematicians. Alicia mentors many student teachers and leads professional development courses across the state. She is the Secretary of the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics. She has presented on engaging all learners in meaningful mathematics tasks at several conferences and has published an article in Mathematics Teacher. Alicia earned a B.A. in mathematics and mathematics education from Hastings College, a M.A. in educational administration from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and a M.A.T. with an emphasis in mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Alicia is a National Board Certified Teacher in early adolescent mathematics. She is certified in 7-12 mathematics.