Receiving recognition at the national level for following my passion is humbling. I am extremely grateful for my family and colleagues who have mentored and encouraged me throughout my journey of teaching. This award recognizes my commitment to providing the best education I can for my students and it is rewarding to know that I have had an impact on their success. It is truly an honor to be a Presidential Awardee.

Kimberly Carpenter Jamestown, ND | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

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

Kimberly Carpenter has taught mathematics at Jamestown High School for the past 28 years. She has taught various high school mathematics courses but currently teaches Algebra 1, Mathematical Thinking and Design Lab, and MTSS Math Flex for grades 9–12. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Jamestown since 2013, teaching Secondary Math Teaching Methods, Ideas of Math, and Intermediate Algebra. As the school's mathematics Department Chair, Kimberly has been a leader in her district. She currently serves on the site based leadership team and the district school improvement committee. She has presented to her colleagues on the topics of engagement strategies, a flipped classroom, and formative instructional practices. In addition, she has been a leader in developing an advisory period and implementing interventions for struggling learners. Kimberly’s enthusiasm for mathematics and lifelong learning has helped her to develop a growth mindset within her students. She is always looking for new ideas and different strategies that will bring mathematics to life in her classroom. Utilizing a flipped classroom and formative instructional practices has given ownership of learning to the students, and has allowed more time for project-based learning experiences and individualized instruction. Kimberly has served on the North Dakota State Assessment Standard Setting Committee, the North Dakota State Common Core Template Committee, the North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NDCTM) Board of Directors, and as the NDCTM Spring Conference Co-Chair. Kimberly earned a B.A. in mathematics from Moorhead State University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from The College of St. Scholastica. She is a certified 7–12 mathematics teacher.