To me, the Presidential Award is an honor used to acknowledge the teachers who are striving to be the best for their students and working to bring new and exciting opportunities to their classrooms. To be considered for such an honor is both humbling and awesome. I have been blessed to be able to work with dedicated co-workers, mentored by excellent leaders, encouraged by all of my family and friends, and always challenged by my students to achieve success.

Brigit Minden Marlow, OK | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

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

Brigit Minden has taught mathematics for nine years, all at Central High Public School. She currently teaches 9th-12th grade Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry/Algebra 3, computer programming, and a mathematics remediation course offered by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Brigit feels that every person can be a “math person” and strives to make each day in her classroom student-centered. She works to make her students engage in daily discussions and productive struggle. She uses hands-on learning such as ziplining dolls for right triangle trigonometry functions, building solar hot dog cookers for parabolas, and discovering conic sections made out of modeling clay. Each year, I take my Trigonometry/ Algebra 3 students to the National Weather Service Center in Norman, Oklahoma. There we tour the facility and visit with current University of Oklahoma students who are pursuing a career in meteorology. My students get a chance to see how mathematics is used to help predict the weather as well as gather data after significant weather events. Brigit worked for the Oklahoma State Department of Education for three years building support curriculum for Oklahoma teachers with the Oklahoma Mathematics Framework. She is a member of the Oklahoma Council for Teachers of Mathematics and presented at the 2019 conference on the frameworks she helped to create. Brigit earned a B.S. in mathematics from Cameron University and is currently enrolled in Southeastern Oklahoma State University to obtain a M.Ed. She is certified in advanced mathematics.