In the more than 25 years since I began my teaching career, the constant in my practice has been teaching through application and discussion. Everything I have done to develop myself as an educator has always embraced the understanding of mathematics through the lens of the world in which it belongs and with rigorous discourse. Winning the Presidential Award is an affirmation of my journey and the efforts I have made, in and out of the classroom, to do what is best for my students, every day.

Stacie Marvin Laurel, MD | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

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

Stacie Marvin has been an educator for 14 years and is currently the mathematics instructional team leader at Hammond Middle School. In addition to her six-year tenure at Hammond Middle, she has taught for one year at River Hill High School, one year at Oakland Mills, and three years at Patapsco Middle School. She also taught for three years in Virginia and one year in Pennsylvania for students from the elementary to community college level. She currently teaches sixth through eighth grade mathematics, including geometry. Stacie's classroom activities involve many investigative and application-based learning opportunities that appeal to learners of all levels. She has been instrumental in writing engaging curriculum for Howard County's secondary mathematics offerings, and is a frequent presenter at professional development conferences. Stacie often finds real-world examples outside of her classroom. In her trigonometry lessons, she incorporates a series of problems over several days that involve military applications. She co-authored these lessons with an outside engineer who works daily on defense contracts and presented the problems to dozens of teachers in her district. They are currently used throughout the school system. She attended the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy in 2015 and has authored lessons involving space exploration applications that are used for enrichment and to inspire her students. She was twice selected as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Semi-Finalist. Stacie currently holds a 7–12 mathematics certification in Maryland and is a National Board Certified Teacher in early-adolescent mathematics. She is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland with a B.A in mathematics and of National University with a Master of Teaching.