This recognition is both humbling and empowering. The Presidential Award is a powerful step in my continued effort to become a world-class educator for my West Virginia public school students. It serves to support the use of dialogue between students in the upper elementary classroom and the importance of inquiry and discovery in mathematical learning. I am grateful to my colleagues, administrators, and the families of my precious students who have supported me on my PAEMST journey.

Allison Shriver Mount Hope, WV | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Allison Shriver began her teaching career in 1998. She has taught at Bradley Elementary School for the past 10 years as a fifth-grade mathematics and science teacher. She previously taught at Glen Alpine Elementary School and at W.A. Young Elementary School. Allison serves on her district’s innovation team focusing on using technology and inquiry effectively in the classroom. She also utilizes mathematical discourse and interdisciplinary activities to make real-world and global activities mathematical and engaging. Allison's passion for mathematics led to her being named WV Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2019 Elementary Teacher of the Year. She has presented at state and regional conferences. Allison has twice been a national recipient for her work in global education. She was selected as a 2012 Rural Global Fellow, traveling to study localized handcrafts of Europe. Recently, she was selected as a National Education Association Foundation Global Teacher Fellow, culminating in a place-based learning experience in South Africa in July 2019. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher as a Middle Childhood Generalist. She serves as a mentor to teachers pursuing this elite credential through the WV Department of Education. Allison earned a B.S. and M.A. from West Virginia University. She is certified in elementary education and gifted education.