The Presidential Award is both rewarding and humbling to be included in a professional group that includes so many mentors who have helped me improve as a facilitator of learning of mathematics. It recognizes my belief of being a life-long learner and efforts to grow and find creative ways to help students get excited and confident about mathematics. I see this award as an opportunity to continue this endeavor and motivate others to go through this reflective process.

Erin Schneider Louisville, KY | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Erin Schneider has been a high school mathematics educator for 28 years. She has spent the last eight years at Atherton High School, returning to the classroom after working five years as a district resource teacher influencing curriculum, assessment, and professional development. Erin began her career at Fairdale High School, where she taught for 15 years and was provided opportunities for co-teaching and interdisciplinary work from a mathematics/science fellowship through the Coalition of Essential Schools. Erin currently teaches ninth-grade Geometry. With the support of her colleagues and creative leadership, part of her day is spent as an instructional resource for her department and interventionist for all students. She has been encouraged to continue her professional development work, supporting teachers across the state. With students and teachers, Erin has focused on increasing engagement and mathematical discourse by providing collaborative experiences that encourage problem-solving. Her professional organizations include National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, its local affiliates, and the CPM Educational Program. Erin earned a B.A. in mathematics and an M.Ed in secondary education and Rank I from the University of Louisville. She is certified in secondary teaching of mathematics with a certificate for mathematics program consultant.