I became a teacher to help learners understand the power of mathematics. I want to empower them to be active in their education, to persist through challenges, and to realize there is no limit to what they can do. Winning the Presidential Award reaffirms my calling to become an educator. It is an honor and a privilege to join the amazing network of teachers across the country working to inspire the next generation to use the power of mathematics and science to reach for their dreams.

Carla Diede Harrisburg, SD | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

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

Carla Diede, an educator for 13 years, is currently a lead teacher at Harrisburg South Middle School and Harrisburg North Middle School. Now in her seventh year with the Harrisburg School District, Carla previously taught sixth through eighth grade mathematics (including algebra, geometry, and design thinking) at Harrisburg South Middle School. She spent the first six years of her teaching career at LWC Middle School teaching seventh and eighth grade mathematics. When teaching mathematics, Carla strives to create an optimal learning environment through interactive, hands-on activities that help students understand the intricacies of mathematical principles. She wants to ensure all students recognize the potential that mathematics holds to unlock an unlimited number of opportunities in their future. Believing our greatest power as educators comes from collaborating with other educators, Carla presents at conferences and helps create professional development for her colleagues. To help fellow educators reflect on their teaching and find new ideas for their classrooms, she shares information and ideas including best instructional practices, hands-on activities, integrating technology, and utilizing personalized learning to empower students. Carla earned a B.S. in mathematics with an education specialization from South Dakota State University and a M.S. in teaching, learning, and leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University. She is certified to teach mathematics at both the middle school and high school levels. A 2017 recipient of a Milken Educator Award, Carla is also a National Board Certificated Teacher in the area of mathematics for early adolescence.