Receiving the Presidential Award is an ultimate honor, especially for someone who struggled in mathematics at a young age. My success as a mathematics educator is a testament to my family, colleagues, administrators, and students who have believed in my ability to provide quality education. It is these individuals who inspire me to continue learning and improving my teaching. To me, this recognition proves that any person can overcome the challenges that surface with understanding mathematics.

Stephanie Quarato Clinton, CT | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

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

Stephanie Quarato has been an educator for 11 years, teaching mathematics at the middle school level. For the past six years, she has been at Jared Eliot Middle School, serving first as the eighth grade mathematics teachers and then as the mathematics specialist. Prior to that, Stephanie taught at East Hartford Middle School, Wentworth Junior High, and Saint Bruno School over the previous five years. As the mathematics specialist, Stephanie collaborates with colleagues to discuss data and create action plans designed to provide the best education for all students. She works on curriculum development and facilitates department conversations about improving mathematics instruction. Stephanie spends most of her school day working with students in fifth through eighth grade who struggle in mathematics, providing intervention support to help students develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the subject. Stephanie has produced extensive research on the flipped classroom and has devoted many hours implementing this alternate method of instruction in her own classroom. For two consecutive years, she was named one of the top 100 educators, worldwide, leading a flipped classroom. She has observed how beneficial it has been to her students. With this method, students enjoy learning mathematics and, more importantly, they gain more confidence in their ability to do mathematics. Stephanie received her B.S. in elementary education with a concentration in mathematics from DePaul University and her M.A. in educational leadership from Central Connecticut State University. She is certified to teach fourth through eighth grade middle school mathematics. She also holds a Sixth Year degree and certification in evaluation and supervision from Sacred Heart University.