Being honored with the Presidential Award recognizes and celebrates the dedication, hard work, and caring that has helped me develop into the educator I am today. Joining this outstanding group of honorees is truly humbling. I wish to thank everyone who has influenced my practices and shaped every aspect of my teaching, especially the students who challenge and inspire me daily.

Lynnea Bahm Gilbert, AZ | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

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

Lynnea (Loudenbeck) Bahm has been an educator for 30 years. She has spent the last 10 years teaching all levels of mathematics at Campo Verde High School. Her current teaching assignment includes 9th-12th grade Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and Honors Algebra II. She previously taught at Desert Ridge High School for seven years and Highland High School for three years. She began her career spending five years each at Marengo Community High School and Plainfield High School. In her classroom, Lynnea challenges students to explore problem-based mathematics independently and in small group discussions which builds conceptual understanding. She engages and motivates students to become energetic problem solvers, encouraging and facilitating mathematical discourse to support deeper student thinking. As Department Chair of mathematics, Lynnea has worked to build a collaborative team, develop curriculum, and continuously improve herself and the people around her She facilitates training for teachers focused on personalized professional development for the benefit of all students. Lynnea’s campus involvement goes beyond her classroom. She serves on numerous committees including the school improvement committee and the AP committee. She sponsors clubs, and has helped to establish an AP kick-off event which honors all AP students. She has mentored student teachers and has been the district liaison for the new teacher induction program. She has spent countless hours celebrating the success of students through the AP recognition program. Lynnea earned a B.A. in secondary education from North Central College and a master’s degree from Arizona State University. She is a certified secondary mathematics teacher.