The Presidential Award is an honor that places me in the company of some of the most remarkable educators in the country and I am truly humbled. This professional milestone not only represents years of mastering my craft, but also a legacy of young scientists who have shaped me as an educator. My passion for high-quality science education for all students is further fueled by this honor and I am thrilled about the opportunities which lay ahead.

Keri Meador Louisville, KY | 7-12, Science, 2019

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

Keri Meador has been an educator for 20 years. She spent her first year in teaching as a para-educator for various elementary, middle, and high schools. Currently, she is in her 19th year at Central High School, where she teaches Biology, Advanced Placement Biology, and Forensic Science for grades 11 and 12. Keri has a passion for engaging students in thoughtful science research. In the classroom, her students uncover life science ideas through discourse, modeling, and practical applications related to natural phenomena storylines. As the science fair sponsor, she advocates for equity in science competitions. Keri recruits local scientists throughout the year to mentor her classes on investigative design and encourages students to showcase their individual research projects at a variety of competitions. Keri is the teacher lead for her school’s “discover the world” program; a National Board candidate cohort mentor; and Co-director of the Louisville Regional Science and Engineering Fair. She is a member of the National Science Teaching Association and the National Association of Biology Teachers. Keri earned a B.S. in biology and an M.A.T. in secondary science from Spalding University and a M.A. in zoology from Miami University, Ohio. She is a National Board Certificated Teacher and is certified in biological science.