It is truly an honor to be recognized with the Presidential Award. This award represents the hard work, devotion, and collaboration with my colleagues and mentors who have shared their time and passion for teaching mathematics with me. I am grateful for my amazing peers and students who have shaped me into the teacher I am today. I hope to inspire and ignite the ambition necessary for my students to solve problems and persevere throughout their mathematical experiences.

Kimberly Moran Danbury, CT | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Kimberly Moran has been a Danbury Public School educator since 2004. Throughout her 15-year career, she has taught sixth grade mathematics at Rogers Park Middle School. Kimberly believes that all students can be mathematicians. Her lessons are designed to encourage independent thinking while inviting students to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of ways. Kimberly has worked to increase student engagement so that mathematical concepts have the ability to develop through student-to-student discourse. Her goal is to create an authentic learning environment where students are inspired to love mathematics. Kimberly has presented to peers at an Associated Teachers of Mathematics in Connecticut event on mathematical language routines. With a passion for making her classes more collaborative, she has been awarded over $5,000 in grants towards technology and other STEM materials for her students. She has been the yearbook adviser for her school for the past 11 years. Kimberly has been recognized as a leader in professional development for her colleagues and peers. She earned a B.S. in elementary education and a M.A. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Connecticut. She also has a sixth-year degree in classroom teacher specialist from Southern Connecticut State University. She is certified in kindergarten through sixth grade elementary education.