Receiving the Presidential Award is an honor that has impacted my life as an educator. It is those “aha” moments when students light up as learners and want to learn more that motivate my passion for teaching. This award recognizes colleagues, family, friends, and students that encouraged me to follow my heart and have challenged me along the way. It is an opportunity to share my passion for teaching and I hope to encourage fellow educators to join me in igniting students’ love for learning.

Sue Noah Athens, AL | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Sue Noah has been an early childhood educator for 25 years. She has taught all subjects for kindergarten at Athens Elementary School for 10 years. Previously, she taught first grade at Athens Elementary, kindergarten at Leon Sheffield Magnet Elementary School, and four-year-old preschool while serving as assistant director in a private church program. Sue is refining content standards as a member of the Alabama State Department of Education's Mathematics Course of Study Committee and has presented at the Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference on methods of early numeracy development. Sue serves on the Athens City School District and Athens elementary instructional leadership teams which guide best practice through unit design and professional development. Sue looped with an inclusion kindergarten class to first grade, building consistency and positive relationships. Through a partnership with educational consultant Dr. Jackie Walsh, Sue refined her practice to deepen student engagement through quality questioning, contributing to Dr. Walsh's research and video collection for an upcoming book. Sue earned a B.S. in early childhood education from Auburn University. She earned a master's degree in early childhood education from The University of West Alabama and is currently completing National Board Certification. She is certified in early childhood education.