I am honored and grateful to be a recipient of the Presidential Award; it is truly the highlight of my career. This award is a tribute to all the instructors and colleagues who have provided me with learning opportunities and who have inspired me to excel in mathematics instruction. I also believe this recognition celebrates my students for their willingness to take risks, collaborate, and participate in discourse as they explore the wonderful world of mathematics.

Vonda Franklin Boise, ID | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Vonda Franklin, an educator for 16 years, has been teaching all subjects to her fourth-grade class at Washington Elementary for five years. Previously, she taught at Spalding STEM Academy, Lincoln Elementary, and St. John Neumann. Her dedication to mathematics was sparked by participation in Developing Mathematical Thinking. This program opened the door for a video interview with the U.S. Department of Education’s Doing What Works. She attended the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy and collaborates with its “Team Idaho” colleagues to blend mathematics and science. She presented at two state conferences and in 2017, Vonda received the Capstone of Excellence award for her master’s project, which is now used as an example and guide for other master’s candidates. Vonda is a mentor to future educators for Boise State University. Vonda works to instill a growth mindset in her students and implements engaging tasks requiring students to use problem solving, collaboration, multiple strategies, and mathematical discourse. She strives to build confidence in the learners in her room, so all students develop a love of mathematics. Vonda earned a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Montana and a M.S. in mathematics education from Western Governors University. She is certified in elementary education for kindergarten through eighth grade.