Receiving the Presidential Award is a testament to the importance of building understanding in mathematics. It highlights the importance of bringing research into practice and instilling in students a love of mathematics. This wouldn’t be possible without the collaboration and dedication of my colleagues working towards the common goal of advancing student knowledge through best practice. I'm forever grateful to be a part of a district that provides endless opportunities for professional growth.

Andrew Potter West Fargo, ND | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Andrew Potter has been an educator for eight years and has spent his career at Eastwood Elementary School. He has worked as a reading and mathematics interventionist and a fourth grade teacher. For the past five years he has served as Eastwood's mathematics specialist. As a mathematics specialist, Andrew has provided interventions for students in mathematics along with facilitating professional development for teachers. He implemented professional development opportunities to support advancing student knowledge in the classroom through research, use of visuals, and increasing teachers' pedagogical knowledge. In Andrew's classroom, activities focus on the student's current level of knowledge through initial and on-going assessments that guide instruction. He regularly uses visuals to further the students' understanding of numeracy. Andrew has presented at education conferences in North Dakota on numeracy instruction with an emphasis on bringing research into classroom practice. This allows Andrew to share his passion for mathematics and collaborate with fellow educators across North Dakota. Andrew earned a B.S. in elementary education from Minnesota State University, Moorhead and a M.Ed. in educational leadership from North Dakota State University.