The Presidential Award is a prestigious honor that emphasizes the vital role science and mathematics play in preparing our students for future success. It provides an extraordinary opportunity to form relationships with outstanding educators across the nation, furthering our growth as educators and advocates of student achievement. This award is a tribute to the collaborative efforts of my family, my administration, my colleagues, and my students who have made me the educator I am today.

Heather Knox Murfreesboro, TN | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Heather Knox has been an educator for the past seven years after her previous career as a Certified Public Accountant. She spent three years teaching fourth and fifth grades at Hobgood Elementary School, three years teaching fifth grade mathematics and science at Northfield Elementary School, and the past year serving as a district-level gifted specialist for Murfreesboro City Schools. Teaching the integration and application of mathematics, science, and writing to teachers and students is Heather’s passion. She presents on the importance of writing in mathematics instruction and published an article about that topic in Gifted Child Today. She serves as a fifth-grade leader of the district’s MAATH Teacher Support Network. Heather also coaches students in LEGO Robotics, Invention Convention, and Science Olympiad. Heather is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Association for Gifted Children, and the National Science Teachers Association. Heather earned an A.S. in business and commerce from Volunteer State Community College; a B.B.A. in Accounting and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Middle Tennessee State University; an Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction leadership, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Carson-Newman University. She is certified in kindergarten through sixth grade elementary education.