I am filled with gratitude and pride to be recognized among my colleagues throughout the nation. It’s truly an honor to get recognition by following your passion. I am so grateful for the support and encouragement of my wonderful family, friends, colleagues, and, most importantly, my students. This extremely reflective process rejuvenates my drive to continually improve my practice and help foster a lifelong love of mathematics in my students.

Lindsay Bliven Ashaway, RI | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Lindsay Bliven has been an educator for 11 years and has spent the last nine teaching all subjects in third grade at Ashaway Elementary School. Previously she taught at Charlestown and at Hope Valley Elementary Schools for one year each. Lindsay has a passion for helping others. She enjoys diving deeper into curriculum and helping district colleagues with incorporating technology in the classroom. Lindsay helps develop standards descriptors for colleagues and has lead district professional development on implementing a PowerSchool online grade book. She is a member of many district committees such as the Children's Internet Protection Act Committee, District Curriculum Planning Council, and Ashaway Elementary's school improvement team. Lindsay's enthusiasm for mathematics and blended learning engages students in hands-on activities throughout the school day. She emphasizes a focus on rigor for all students and providing them immediate feedback. Her daily lessons are planned with blended learning workshop models that offer differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners. She enjoys mentoring student teachers by sharing ideas and strategies to help students stay engaged and be most successful. Lindsay earned a B.A. in elementary education and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Rhode Island. She is certified in first through sixth grade elementary education.