The award means to me that my teaching and my students’ learning are being recognized. We are committed to fostering a desire to know, to ask questions, to struggle with finding answers, and to be creative in how we approach learning and understanding. As teachers, we dedicate ourselves to ensuring that all students feel respected, safe, supported, and motivated to learn. Their personal growth is our professional mission. I feel honored that my dedication to that process is recognized.

Monet Biancucci Bend, OR | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Monet Biancucci has been an educator for 21 years and has spent the last 16 years teaching elementary education at Pine Ridge Elementary School where she currently teaches all fifth-grade subjects. She also taught in North Carolina, New York, and Alaska. Monet's notable work in the classroom stems from her involvement in the school’s Math Studio (part of the teacher's development group). In this capacity, Monet collaborates with her colleagues and school administrators, engaging in content-specific studies. Through Math Studio, she has developed and presented lessons to demonstrate best practices in mathematics. At the heart of this exercise is Monet's belief that students' ideas, thoughts, reasonings, understandings, and misconceptions about mathematics matter and are crucial in redefining the practices and processes that follow. Monet has served as the grade level curriculum leader for several years. Additionally, she served as a mentor teacher for two years and hosted several student teachers. Monet inspires and empowers outside of the classroom as Pine Ridge's Green Team Supervisor. Monet guided her school community to earn a Green School Certification for their work as stewards of the earth. Monet earned a B.S. in education from the State University of New York at Oneonta in addition to a M.Ed. from Eastern Oregon University. She is a certified elementary school teacher.