It is incredibly humbling to even be considered for the Presidential Award because I know it is the highest honor possible. I admire the past winners greatly, and it is an incredible privilege to join their ranks. I am eager to have the opportunity to build lasting partnerships with like-minded colleagues for the benefit of my students. This award will be a powerful tool for even more innovation and learning for my school community.

Helen Ommen Laramie, WY | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Helen Ommen has been an educator for 13 years and has spent the last three years teaching all subjects to third, fourth, and fifth grade students in the gifted and talented program at Spring Creek Elementary School. She also taught at Indian Paintbrush Elementary School for three years and was part of the Albany County School District’s Professional Development Team for one year. In addition, she taught at schools in North Carolina and Bangkok, Thailand. Helen supports her students’ love of learning with kindness, innovation, and rigor. She has led her students in service learning and place-based projects that have positively impacted her community. Helen is an advocate for high-quality mathematics instruction as well as meeting the needs of gifted learners. She has collaborated with the Gifted Development Center in Denver, CO to implement a specific social/emotional guidance curriculum. Helen is an avid supporter and participant in the Wyoming Coaching Laboratory, a professional experience aimed at developing teacher leaders. Helen earned a B.A. in elementary education with an emphasis in science, a B.S. in general studies, and a M.Ed. in mathematics and mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Helen is a National Board Certified Teacher and has a certification in gifted and talented education from the University of California at San Diego.