The Presidential Award is not only recognizing me, but it is also recognizing all the colleagues and mentors with whom I have collaborated and taught throughout my career. I am grateful to my family, colleagues, administrators, and students for motivating and inspiring me to be the teacher I have become. I look forward to continually challenging myself moving forward to inspire and motivate students' learning.

Amy Dougherty APO, AE | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Amy Dougherty has taught for more than 10 years. For the past four years, she taught first grade at Aukamm Elementary School and is currently the math instructional coach. She previously taught at Hainerberg Elementary School and Norman Smith Elementary School. As a first grade teacher, Amy has acted as the math teacher leader for her school during the implementation of the college and career ready standards for mathematics. She worked as a mentor and trained colleagues to increase the collaboration and ability to implement best practices within their mathematics instruction. In her current role, Amy trains and guides kindergarten through fifth grade-level teams and co-teaches in the classroom. She has been instrumental in providing streamlined data so teachers can adjust their instruction based on students' needs. Amy has worked with school leaders on the continuous school improvement committee to develop the school improvement plan, and co-plan and conduct school professional development. As a facilitator teacher leader, she initiated small group workshops with colleagues to reflect on and implement mathematical teaching practices. Amy earned a B.A. in kindergarten through eighth grade interdisciplinary studies from Western Governors University and a master's in elementary reading and mathematics instruction. She is certified in elementary education and mathematics education.