It is such an honor to receive the Presidential Award. It validates my passion for teaching mathematics and my work as a bilingual teacher. Having a vision that every student is unique and learns in a different way has been the key to my success in teaching my students to love mathematics. I want to share this honor with all the educators with whom I have worked throughout my career, but most of all with my principal who has believed in my different way of teaching.

Angelica Niño San Antonio, TX | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Angelica Niño is a bilingual educator of 19 years and a third-grade master bilingual teacher at Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School for the past three years. Angelica previously taught at Turlington Elementary for seven years and at Holleman Elementary for nine years. As a master teacher, her responsibilities include working with students having the greatest needs, providing them extended time, tutoring those in other grade levels, and mentoring other teachers. Angelica teaches her students the importance of having a growth mindset. Her students know that mistakes are part of their learning and that through hard work and persistence, they can be successful. Angelica is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Texas Council of Teacher of Mathematics, and Texas Computer Education Association. She presents professional development training for mathematics and technology in her school and district and has been invited to be an Ignite Speaker at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching in 2019. Angelica earned a B.S. in communications from the University Autonomous of Nuevo Leon. She attended the University of St. Thomas through Region IV to become a teacher, and she is currently pursuing her M.A. in mathematics education at the University of Texas at Arlington. She is certified to teach first through eighth-grade bilingual education.