The Presidential Award is the highest form of recognition that a mathematics teacher can receive. It recognizes creative and innovative approaches used to address the learning styles and composition of specific classes and students. I am honored to be recognized by this prestigious award. It has encouraged me to keep challenging students with high expectations, to value each child’s unique thinking, and to continue my own learning. I am grateful to the mentors who have shaped my teaching.

Angie Wright Juneau, AK | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Angie Wright has been an educator for over 16 years. She began her career teaching for two years at Scammon Bay School and at Mendenhall River School for seven years. She has taught at Auke Bay School for seven years and currently teaches all fourth and fifth grade subjects. Making learning relevant and meaningful is Angie’s goal. After pursuing extensive training, Angie reshaped her mathematics instruction, resulting in clear student academic growth. “Teaching doesn’t happen unless learning has occurred,” is her constant reminder. Her goal is to seek the best ways to teach a concept to increase student understanding. Encouraging students to take an active role in their learning has led to success, shown by growth in achievement and positive student feedback. Angie has served on district mathematics leadership committees; developed standards for the state of Alaska and Juneau School District; participated in state alignment committees; acted as a lab classroom teacher for the district in effective mathematics teaching; and hosted many student teachers. She is on the board of the Alaska Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). Angie earned a B.S., magna cum laude, in liberal studies from Oregon State University, a M.A., magna cum laude, in teaching from UAS, and is certified in kindergarten through eighth grade.