Winning the Presidential Award is a tremendous honor. It means that my hard work and the hard work of the wonderful educators, parents, and students at Greenlawn Terrace are being recognized. Even being nominated by my principal was an exceptionally humbling experience. Winning this award validates some things I already knew: that Greenlawn Terrace is a truly special school, that my students are absolute rock stars, and that I am helping students down the right path in their education.

Troy Hobson Kenner, LA | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Troy Hobson has been a teacher for nine years and has spent his career teaching fifth grade mathematics at Greenlawn Terrace Elementary School. He has excelled in this role through a focus on respectful communication, building a culture of productive struggle, and strong relationships with students. Each morning, he and his students discuss values, positive behaviors, and classroom expectations. His passion for mathematics and its basis in students’ lives transfers to them; their enthusiasm for learning manifests in consistently strong performance. Troy has gained recognition for his instruction by being named as a semi-finalist for both the Louisiana Teacher of the Year Award and the Fishman Prize. Troy believes in stretching his influence beyond the classroom. To build strategic thinking and social skills, he runs a weekly chess club for students. He mentored several younger teachers and helped them over some of the hurdles to becoming successful teachers. Troy serves as a content leader for fifth grade mathematics for his district. He has also helped deliver professional learning across the country with Leading Educators, assisting teachers in better understanding the Common Core Standards. Troy earned a B.A. in middle childhood education from Ohio University and is certified to teach all core subjects in fourth through eighth grade.