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.