It is truly an honor to be nominated for the Presidential Award. To be recognized with so many other exceptional educators around the country is an incredible experience. It motivates me to keep learning and growing in order to continue to provide my students with innovative and dynamic learning opportunities. My students’ enthusiasm, creative thinking, and excitement for learning inspire me every day.

Jennifer Fitzgerald Point Pleasant, NJ | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

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

Jennifer Fitzgerald has been a mathematics educator for 18 years. She spent the first two years of her career at Franklin Avenue Middle School and has taught eighth grade Algebra I at Memorial Middle School for the past 16 years. She is an eighth grade team leader, member of the district technology committee, member of the school improvement panel, co-chair of the academically talented committee, and the 2016 Teacher of the Year. Jennifer is also a Google certified educator, an active member of the Ocean County math league, and serves on the executive board of the New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education. Jennifer is a life-long learner with a career-long dedication to professional development. She values building a professional learning network, staying current in the field of education, and sharing innovative ideas with other educators. Jennifer has presented at a variety of conferences at both the state and national level for organizations such as the Association for Middle Level Education, New Jersey School Boards Association, and the New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education. Jennifer makes it a priority to instill a love of learning in her students. At the core of every lesson, she incorporates real-world situations that are relevant and exciting to her students in order for them to make connections and grasp complex ideas. Seeing how the mathematics we are learning in the classroom is found all around us is the key to true understanding. Jennifer earned a B.S. in middle school mathematics from the University of Delaware and a M.A. in teaching middle grades mathematics from Montclair State University. She is certified as a K–12 mathematics teacher and as a supervisor.