It is a tremendous honor to receive the Presidential Award. I am extremely fortunate to have had the support and encouragement of friends, colleagues, mentors, and my students, who have inspired and shaped my mathematics instruction. It is a tribute to them and, most importantly, to my family, without whom I would not be the teacher I am. Thank you for the opportunity to represent the state of Nevada and to be recognized for doing what I love: teaching children.

Christine Donahue Reno, NV | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Christine “Christy” Donahue has been an educator for over 25 years. She started her career as a high school biology and health science teacher at San Marcos High School in California. For the past 19 years she has taught special education, sixth, fourth, and currently all subjects of third grade at Ted Hunsberger Elementary School. Christy is a member of the district’s mathematics content leadership team. She has served on curriculum analysis action research projects, curriculum pacing and instructional guide development, and textbook adoption committees. She has led site and district professional development courses in mathematics and standards analysis. She has been an instructional coach, mentor teacher, and her classroom has been used as a teaching classroom for other teachers. Christy builds a classroom community by connecting with her students through humor, trust, and high expectations. She believes every student is a mathematician and promotes a growth mindset where students feel comfortable taking risks and engaging in open ended mathematical tasks. Christy earned a B.S., with distinction, in health science from San Diego State University and a M.A. in teaching elementary education from Sierra Nevada College. She has certifications in health and biological sciences for grades 7-12 and elementary education for kindergarten through eighth grades.