It is truly an honor to be recognized with the Presidential Award. In receiving this award, I feel that I represent one of many untold numbers of teachers who are all deserving of recognition for the tireless support they give to one another, for the countless hours spent investing in enriching curriculum, for the time spent off the clock tutoring, nurturing, and encouraging those learners who need more than mere instruction. I am humbled by the multitude of amazing people found in education.

Linda Cochran Longmont, CO | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

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

Linda Cochran has been an educator for 18 years. She has taught eighth grade mathematics at Altona Middle School for 14 years and previously taught at Silver Creek Junior/Senior High School for four years. Prior to teaching, Linda was a computer systems programmer at IBM. Linda believes all students are capable of excelling at mathematics and empowers them to learn at their own speed through inquiry-based strategies. By helping students visualize mathematical concepts through real-world applications, she enables students to deepen their own understanding through tactical experiences. Linda is a founding member of the Rocky Mountain math teachers’ circle and established a students’ math circle with an intent to ignite and sustain girls’ interest in mathematics. She is a co-advisor for the National Junior Honor Society. Linda serves as the program leader for the living history through travel program exploring our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. The program includes a focus on national patriotism, which culminates in a student-lead, schoolwide assembly paying tribute to home-town veterans. In addition, Linda has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and brings mindfulness, breathing, and meditation into the classroom to inspire calming practices for a generation of stimulated learners. Linda received her B.S. in computer science and mathematics from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and her M.S. in curriculum and instruction at University of Colorado–Boulder. She holds a Colorado teaching license in secondary mathematics.