The best moments in my classroom are when students tell me they like mathematics more than when they entered my classroom. It is a measure of success I treasure. The Presidential Award recognizes and rewards the work I have done to increase students' appreciation of mathematics as well as their mathematical knowledge. The award will also provide opportunities for me to connect with other excellent teachers across the nation to learn more and improve instruction at my school.

Mandy Boudwin Lutcher, LA | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Mandy Boudwin began her teaching career in 1999 at Lutcher High School. In 2009, Mandy became a curriculum facilitator in mathematics and science for grades K-12 and, in 2011, she moved to the Louisiana Department of Education, serving as the Mathematics Program Coordinator. She returned to the classroom at Lutcher High in 2015 to teach 10-12th grade Algebra III, Advanced Mathematics, and Trigonometry. In 2018, she served as Assistant Principal of the Science and Math Academy for one year. She recently returned to Lutcher High School and is currently the Lead Teacher where she teaches 12th grade Senior Projects. In addition, she serves as the School Building Level Committee Chair and Section 504 Committee Chair. Upon Mandy’s return to the classroom, she implemented an ACT preparation program at her high school. Approximately 100 students attended two Saturday sessions where Mandy helped students improve their scores on the ACT test. Mandy has served as Secretary for the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics. She has also served as newsletter editor for the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics. Mandy earned a B.S. in secondary education and a M.Ed. in administration and supervision from Nicholls State University. She is certified in mathematics and biology education for grades 6-12.