I am honored to be a finalist, especially because I have worked with amazing teachers all over the state - the competition was fierce! I will affix my Presidential certificate on my wall - a constant reminder of all of the positive things we are accomplishing on a daily basis. The nomination process also gave me the opportunity to watch myself teach; an extremely valuable tool. There is no doubt this process was a huge win for me; my teaching and self reflection have all improved as a result.

Nicole Whitt Tucson, AZ | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Nicole Whitt has taught mathematics for ten years. She spent her first two years at Rincon Vista Middle School and the past eight years at Empire High School. She currently teaches ninth-grade Algebra 1 and advises for Student Council. In her classroom, Nicole uses real-world examples and active engagement strategies. Nicole created a peer tutor program where upperclassmen work in mathematics classes daily, tutoring and engaging with freshmen. She also was an integral part in developing Empire’s Reteach Program which targets struggling students on a bi-weekly basis to provide additional mathematics instruction to ensure students have an understanding of the content. Nicole serves as the instructional team leader where she mentors and coordinates the mathematics teachers at Empire. As the Student Council teacher, Nicole coordinates and facilitates most of the major school events including pep assemblies, homecoming, fundraisers, blood drives, and charity events in conjunction with the school's elected student council officers. Nicole has presented sessions on successful mathematics instruction at several conferences around Arizona and has mentored many new teachers at Empire. Nicole earned a B.A. in mathematics education from Niagara University and a M.Ed. in school counseling from the University of Arizona. She is certified in K-12 mathematics education and school counseling.