Receiving the Presidential Award is truly an honor. To be recognized alongside such remarkable educators across the nation is beyond humbling. This award is a reflection of my dedication to, and passion for teaching mathematics and inspires me to continue this journey on which I am so fortunate to be.

Gretchen Welk West Fargo, ND | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Gretchen Peterson has taught mathematics for 20 years. She has taught sixth grade mathematics at Liberty Middle School for the past six years. Previously, she spent four years at the STEM Center, three years at Cheney Middle School, and seven years teaching fifth grade at L.E. Berger Elementary. Gretchen serves as an adjunct professor at Mayville State University, teaching mathematics for elementary teachers. This past year, she taught elementary and early childhood college students how to teach mathematics. Fostering a love for mathematics and associated real-life applications are passions of Gretchen’s. Her teaching methods focus on STEM and project-based learning. Gretchen’s goal is to guide students to apply and demonstrate their mathematical knowledge in real-life scenarios. During her eight years at Mayville State University as a professional development mathematics content instructor, Gretchen has presented on incorporating project-based learning into the classroom. She has also presented as a STEM mathematics content instructor at four STEAM conferences. Gretchen earned a B.S. in elementary education and a M.S. in curriculum and instruction. She is certified in first through sixth grade elementary education.