The Presidential Award represents the recognition of the incredibly important work that teachers do every day and the support of our colleagues who collaborate with us to continually improve and better meet the needs of our students. Reflecting on my teaching is something I do informally every day, but PAEMST has guided me to think even more deeply about my practice and make improvements to it, and my students are reaping the benefits of this experience.

Jessica Gregerson Valley City, ND | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

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

Jessica Gregerson has been teaching for 10 years and has taught mathematics at Valley City Junior/Senior High School for the past four years. She currently teaches eighth grade mathematics and Algebra 1 and 10th-12th grade Algebra 2. Previously, she taught at Litchville-Marion High School for one year and science at West Fargo High School for five years. Jessica is continually learning how to improve her practice and is applying it in the classroom. She has been the leader in the evolution of her school's mathematics curriculum into a more engaging and applicable program, aligned to state standards. She is also a leader in incorporating technology in the classroom, especially in using it to support blended learning. Jessica adapts to her students' needs. When teaching advanced placement (AP) classes in a large high school, she provided the support and the challenge that students needed to achieve a pass rate on the AP Biology exam of over 90%. While teaching middle school mathematics, she researched and incorporated a mathematics curriculum that met the needs of students in order for them to be active, engaged, and inquisitive. Most recently, she has introduced her eighth grade mathematics class to blended learning in order to provide each student with the flexibility, support, and challenge that meets their individual needs. Jessica has served as a member of the North Dakota mathematics content standards writing team, presented sessions on using Desmos in the mathematics classroom, and published an article related to her science teaching in Science Scope. Jessica earned a B.S. in mathematics, a B.S. in biology, a B.S. in middle level education, and a M.S. in education from the University of North Dakota. She is certified to teach mathematics and science in grades 5–12.