The Presidential Award is a humbling honor. To be recognized on a national level among such talented educators renews my desire to continue sharing my love of mathematics with students. I am grateful for the support of my family, colleagues, administration, students, and their families. To be nominated for this award and recognized as a Presidential Awardee is truly one of the most memorable experiences of my professional life.

Mary Brown Bloomsburg, PA | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Mary "Lynne" Brown has taught at Central Columbia Elementary School for the past 11 years. For the last four years she has taught third grade mathematics, guided reading, and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. Lynne taught fourth grade for her first seven years at Central. She spent the previous four years becoming a classroom teacher as a paraprofessional in the district. Lynne’s lessons incorporate iPads, hands-on, collaborative, and standards-based activities for her students. She instills a love of learning by engaging standards-driven lesson design, and develops lessons to challenge students to reach higher levels of thought and skill application. As the school's Mathematics Department Head, Lynne oversees the kindergarten-fourth grade mathematics curriculum, leads and reports on department meetings, collects common assessment information, and presents sessions during teacher in-service pertaining to the district curriculum. Lynne is a co-grade group leader for her third-grade colleagues. She volunteers at Parent Teacher Organization events, literacy night, and math night, where she has presented parent informational sessions. Lynne is a member of the Central Columbia School District's Comprehensive Plan Committee and Chapter 339 Committee. Lynne earned a B.S., summa cum laude, in elementary education from Clarion University. She is a certified elementary school teacher.