The prestigious Presidential Award is a tremendous honor that I attribute to the incredible colleagues and students that inspire me and teach me each day. This recognition is a reflection on the power of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity that I instill in my students. I entered education to make a positive impact on students’ lives and help them recognize their potential, and this award further ignites my passion for teaching and creating a love for learning.

Raymond Weber Hagerstown, MD | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Raymond Weber has been an educator for 10 years, spending his career teaching fifth grade at Salem Avenue Elementary School and serving as a team leader for five years. Raymond ensures all mathematical concepts are presented in a meaningful context. He holds students to high standards and creates a classroom where mistakes are valued, struggle is productive, and students feel comfortable taking risks. As a team leader, he develops, implements, and assesses district instructional programs. Developing a love for learning and creating a passion for innovation in his students has led Raymond’s Destination Imagination team to four state titles and top performances at the international level. As a coach, Raymond helps students apply 21st century skills to problem solving challenges. On his 24-mathematics team, Raymond supports students in sharpening skills like computation, number sense, and pattern sensing. Raymond’s team earns high rankings at their competitions. He led professional development and mentoring sessions for staff at Salem Avenue and has participated in the Environmental and Mathematic Academies at Shepherd University, Hagerstown Community College, and Claude E. Outdoor School. Raymond earned a B.A. in elementary education from Shepherd University and a M.A. in instructional design and technology from West Virginia University. He is certified in elementary education.