Responsibility. The educators whose skills and innovation justify receipt of the Presidential Award have a duty to use their position to set an example, act as a role model, and help improve the discipline as a whole by continuing to create, innovate, lead, and bring attention to all the great work being done by others in STEM fields.

Jennifer Moriarty Denver, CO | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Jennifer Moriarty began teaching in 2002 at Manual High School. Since 2003, she has been teaching at CEC Early College. In 2010, she transitioned from teaching a traditional mathematics class to Video Game Programming, a hybrid mathematics and computer science course for high school students focused on the design and development of video games. Previously, she taught at Manual High School for one year. Jennifer has been recognized by her district as a distinguished teacher, known for her innovation, creativity, and emphasis on using fun to balance the rigorous subject she teaches. She forges strong relationships with her students inside and outside the classroom through her work as a sponsor of CEC's First Robotics Competition team and the competitive gaming league. She believes that schools thrive when teachers lead from their classrooms and has assumed a variety of leadership positions in her school and district. She is a data team leader, member of the collaborative school committee, and leads professional development sessions. She presented for the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 2017 and 2018. Jennifer earned a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.Ed. in technology in education from Lesley University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Colorado-Denver. She is a certified high school mathematics teacher and a credentialed CTE instructor.