The Presidential Award is validation that student success is achieved through a team effort between educators, parents, and community members who work together to nurture students. The award is not about one person, rather is shared by all those who have mentored and collaborated with an awardee in support of student achievement. Without the assistance and encouragement of many incredible individuals who work tirelessly for students, my selection for this award would not be possible.

Patrick McDonald APO, AP | 7-12, Mathematics, 2017

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

Patrick McDonald has worked in education for over 25 years. Patrick currently works as adjunct faculty in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Previously, Patrick taught seventh-grade mathematics at Yokota Middle School for two years. He has also taught at schools in Germany and Korea for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Patrick is passionate about helping students identify their embedded mathematical misconceptions and creates specific hands-on activities to assist students with rebuilding accurate mathematical connections. He focuses on providing technology-based, cross-curricular projects that prepare students for the 21st century. Patrick believes collaborating with colleagues provides rich, dynamic opportunities for students. In Japan, he worked with educators from Tsukuba University and DoDEA to provide a “MathematicaFest” for over 100 military-connected students. In Korea, Patrick worked with colleagues on implementing active student engagement, project-based learning, and focused collaboration while partnering with local Korean educators to provide cross-cultural educational opportunities for students. Patrick earned a B.S. in education and a M.B.A. from the University of Arizona, as well as an M.Ed. from the University of Phoenix. Patrick is certified in secondary mathematics, business, computer science, and Italian.