I am honored and humbled to receive the Presidential Award. I have been shaped and inspired by my amazing colleagues, administrators, students, and family. This award is the result of their encouragement and mentorship. This recognition shines a spotlight on the unparalleled support from my district and our community. I am passionate in my belief that all students have the potential to be successful in mathematics. This award fuels my commitment to high-quality, student-centered teaching.

Amee Legarra Tucson, AZ | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Amee Legarra has been an educator for 17 years. She has taught at Richardson Elementary School for seven years and currently teaches sixth grade mathematics, writing, social studies, and science. Previously, she taught fourth through sixth grades at Homer Davis Elementary School for 10 years. Early in her career, Amee prepared and taught mathematics professional development classes for her district. This, coupled with courses on problem-based mathematics teaching, ignited her passion for student-centered learning. She uses her task-based teaching skills to build her students' knowledge and confidence in mathematics. Outside of the classroom, she mentors first-year teachers and co-leads professional learning communities for her district. At both Homer Davis and Richardson, she created and implemented family math nights. She is a member of Richardson's School Leadership Team. She is a teacher leader for the IMPACTS-Middle School Program through the University of Arizona's Center for Recruitment & Retention of Mathematics Teachers. Through this, she prepares and facilitates mathematics workshops open to all regional teachers. Amee earned a B.A. in standard elementary education from the University of Arizona. Her certifications include K-12 Structured English Immersion and kindergarten through eighth grade mathematics. She is a National Board Certified Middle Childhood Generalist.