I am honored and humbled to receive the Presidential Award. This award recognizes professional learning, initiative, and dedication. I share this award with my family and the amazing educators who have helped shape me as a teacher. I am grateful for their continued support and encouragement. I share this award with my students who have taught me so much and continue to energize and inspire me. I am very blessed to receive this prestigious award for doing a job I absolutely love.

Stacey Wade O'Fallon, MO | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Stacey Wade has been an educator for more than 30 years, teaching mathematics at Frontier Middle School for the past 11 years. She currently teaches eighth-grade Mathematics, Algebra 1, and Honors Geometry. She previously taught at Wentzville Middle School for 18 years. In her classroom, Stacey uses "Math Chats" that allow students to discuss how they solved specific problems. Students are encouraged to help each other understand concepts, clarify misconceptions, and share various ways to solve problems. Stacey has served as a Mathematics Department Chairperson for 25 years. Stacey has a passion for professional development and has been a member of the district’s professional development committee and served as her building’s Professional Development Chair for 13 years. She has been instrumental in planning staff retreats, professional learning, and book studies. Stacey has also served as a member of her district STEM committee which created the district's STEM Olympics in 2014. She initiated the first annual STEM night at her school that same year. Her commitment to STEM teaching and learning has been shared at state and national conferences. Stacey earned a B.S. in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a M.Ed. from Lindenwood University. She is a certified middle school teacher in the content areas of mathematics and social studies.