The Presidential Award is an extremely humbling honor. I have had the tremendous pleasure of working with and learning from so many talented mathematics educators during my career, and it is rewarding to be recognized at the highest level along with other talented educators. This award is a reflection of not just me, but to all of those that have influenced my practice, and in turn, have helped me make a significant impact in the lives of my students.

Justin Bright Boonsboro, MD | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Justin Bright has served as an Assistant Principal at Boonsboro High School since the fall of 2018. Before becoming an Assistant Principal, Justin spent three years teaching 9-12th-grade Algebra I, Algebra IA, Geometry, and College Algebra at Boonsboro High School. Justin's first nine years in education were spent teaching sixth to eighth-grade mathematics at Chelsea Middle School in Chelsea, AL and seventh-grade mathematics at Sun Valley Middle School in Indian Trail, NC. Throughout his career, Justin has been a proponent of inquiry-based learning, often empowering students to develop a personalized understanding of mathematics concepts. Justin has presented at state and regional conferences, as well as delivered multiple professional development sessions for Washington County mathematics teachers. He was a prominent member of the county's Essential Curriculum Task Force and has piloted digital resources adapted by the county. Justin is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Justin earned a B.S. in mathematics education from Wingate University and a M.A.T in instructional leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a certified teacher in middle grades mathematics and secondary mathematics, as well as holds an administrator's certification.