To receive the Presidential Award is an incredible and humbling honor. Igniting a passion and love for learning in each student’s heart as they uniquely bloom is gratifying. This award validates dedication to providing students with tools to persevere and kindle a deeper level of learning to unlock endless possibilities. It inspires me to continue providing rigorous instruction and collaborating with a village of support, so students can succeed beyond our expectations.

Jennah Truitt Ocean View, DE | K-6, Mathematics, 2018

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

Jennah Truitt has been an educator for eight years. She has spent the last four teaching all subjects of kindergarten at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, where she is the special education ambassador and 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year. She previously taught at Long Neck Elementary School for four years. Jennah’s passion drives her desire to meet the needs of the whole student. She loves to plant seeds of wonder in each child and watch as the students bloom into discovery using higher-order thinking and STEM strategies as guides. Jennah is the lead science teacher, a member of the writing committee that introduced a schoolwide cross-curricular writing initiative and has led the STEM activity for Family Title 1 Night. Families were engaged in hands-on lessons, taught about the importance of STEM integration, and given the tools to implement activities at home. Jennah is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and National Association for the Education of Young Children and participates in professional development. Jennah earned a B.S., magna cum laude, in early childhood and elementary education from Salisbury University; a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from American College of Education; and is pursuing an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction. She is certified in elementary education, kindergarten through sixth grade and special education K-12.