The Presidential Award is a highlight of teaching mathematics and science to multiple generations of the same community for over thirty years. It has been an extreme joy to see students succeed during and after they pass through the hallways of our school. To have a small part in this success is truly a daily reward. This Presidential Award is a great honor to be shared with this community, fellow staff, and most importantly, our awesome students.

Andrew Braaten Carrington, ND | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Andrew Braaten is in his 34th year as a mathematics and science teacher at Carrington High School. He has taught 9-12th-grade Algebra 1 and 2, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, and Physical Science. In his classroom, Andrew encourages the use of a variety of technologies for student engagement. Graphing calculators, stand-alone measuring devices, and one-on-one computers allow for discovery at the fingertips of every student. Andrew has been a school leader in the North Dakota Mentor Teacher program and has advised student teachers in mathematics and science classes. He currently works with a school professional learning community discussing student engagement ideas on a monthly meeting basis. Andrew has enjoyed presenting at the North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics convention and is currently on its board of directors as a regional representative. Andrew had the opportunity to be a lead teacher in the North Dakota PRIME (Problem Solving and Inquiry for Mathematics Educators) summer workshop in 2012. Andrew earned a B.S. in mathematics and chemistry education from Mayville State University and a M.A.T. in mathematics from Minot State University. He is certified to teach grades 7-12 mathematics and physical sciences. In addition to teaching three dual credit mathematics classes, he has recently been approved to teach college physics.