I am honored and humbled to be recognized with this prestigious award. Thank you to my family, friends, and colleagues who inspire, encourage, and support me in becoming a better teacher in every way. Striving to help all students make sense of mathematics with deep conceptual understanding is the important work with which we are challenged each day. The Presidential Award recognizes the hard work of teachers who strive to help all students reach high achievement in mathematics.

Amy Kassel Cheyenne, WY | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Amy Kassel has been an educator for 26 years and recently started as the Secondary Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator and Instructional Facilitator with the Laramie County School District One. She spent the previous 18 years teaching mathematics at East High School where she taught 9-12th-grade Algebra Concepts 2, Honors Precalculus, International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics 3, IB Standard Level Mathematics 1 and 2. She was been Department Chair for ten years. Previously, Amy taught at schools in Missouri. Amy is passionate about making mathematics accessible to all students. Students that experience the doing of mathematics make connections and develop a deeper understanding of mathematics through the instructional tasks. She also co-teaches a mathematical mindset professional development course to help other teachers implement low floor-high ceiling tasks with their students. She continues to grow professionally by being part of the Mathematical Immersion for Secondary Teachers professional development program. Amy is a past recipient of the Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award and the Channel 5 Golden Apple Award. Amy earned a B.S.Ed., summa cum laude, in mathematics from Southeast Missouri State University and a M.S. in mathematics from Western Illinois University. She recently started her Ph.D. in mathematics education at the University of Wyoming. She is certified in 6-12 mathematics and is National Board Certified in adolescent and young adult mathematics.