The Presidential Award honors the hard work of all teachers by showcasing those that demonstrate dedication to their students through diligence and continued personal growth. It confirms that my chosen path leads to progress and positively impacts the children in my community. It inspires me to continue my journey providing all students access to quality mathematics instruction through my personal learning, teaching, collaboration with peers, and provision of professional development.

Kate Pacheck Pueblo West, CO | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Kate Pacheck, an educator for 14 years, has been teaching fifth grade mathematics at Prairie Winds Elementary School for six years. Prior to this, she taught middle school mathematics at Trail Ride Middle School for seven years and at Connect Charter School for one year. Kate’s approach to teaching mathematics has a positive influence on her students and peers. She has been instrumental in creating a schoolwide climate that values a conceptual approach to mathematics instruction. In her classroom, students spend time investigating mathematics, building both a love and understanding of mathematics. Students work together making sure everyone learns that there are a variety of ways to think about mathematical concepts. Kate’s most recent project has been to provide afterschool enrichment opportunities where she teamed up to offer both a math and environmental club, in which students collaborated to make the school more energy efficient. Kate earned a B.S. from Colorado State University-Pueblo, where she was licensed to teach elementary school, a M.A. in secondary mathematics education from the University of Colorado and has completed the Math Teacher Leadership program at the University of Northern Colorado.