What we teach is as important as how we teach. Therefore, planning ways to create experiences that value the students’ existing knowledge and pair this with ways to prepare each student for success is my ultimate goal. We embrace the process over the product and understand our decisions impact the world in which we live. The Presidential Award offers a moment for us to reflect on and celebrate all the hopes and dreams of the future to come.

Elizabeth Gillikin Smyrna, NC | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Elizabeth Gillikin is an educator with a mission to empower students and facilitate lessons where they can explore their excitement and curiosity. She became an educator 12 years ago when she began her career as a teacher's assistant at Beaufort Elementary. For the past six years, she has been teaching at Smyrna Elementary School. She teaches all subjects to her fifth-grade class. Elizabeth’s seeks to provide a safe, engaging learning environment while making a lasting impact on every student in the classroom. Designing learning opportunities built on authenticity keeps learning interesting. She works to empower learners with voice and choice fulfilling the social and academic curriculum. Elizabeth was the 2016-2017 outstanding Carteret County elementary mathematics teacher. She presented at the 2018 South East Alliance Summit on technology and global connections in the classroom. Elizabeth has received multiple grants allowing students opportunities to learn outside the classroom. She has served on the school leadership team for two years. Elizabeth earned a B.S. in elementary education with a concentration in reading K-12 from East Carolina University. She completed her AIG add-on licensure for grades K-12 from Pembroke University. She is certified in kindergarten through sixth grade elementary education and K-12 grade reading.