This Presidential Award indicates that my learning makes a difference for students. I have taken steps to further my education, not for status or higher pay but simply to provide my students with the best learning experience possible. I know there will always be more for me to learn in this profession. It is an honor to receive an award for something I feel so passionately about. My passion is not teaching math; my passion is not teaching reading or writing; my passion is teaching children.

Natalie Robinson Pleasant Grove, UT | K-6, Mathematics, 2008

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

Natalie Robinson has been teaching mathematics and other fifth grade subjects in a modified extended-day school for seven years at Manila Elementary School in the Alpine School District. She is currently in her second year as an instructional coach assisting first-year fifth and sixth grade teachers. Mrs. Robinson is recognized as an excellent classroom teacher who creates an environment that helps students develop confidence in their mathematics skills. She is considered masterful at prompting her students to discuss mathematical ideas, question one another, and justify their thinking. She maps her curriculum for the entire school year in advance, but is flexible enough to spend time reteaching and reviewing concepts as needed by students. She has earned a reputation as a committed, passionate mathematics educator who is a positive force in the school and district. To improve her classroom efforts and support other teachers in incorporating new ideas and technology, Mrs. Robinson participates regularly in professional development. She has created usable lesson plans for a creative writing unit. An excellent presenter, she works with other fifth grade teachers to discuss teaching strategies, share successes, and improve each others' weak areas. She is credited with creating change in numerous classrooms and having a positive impact on the learning of thousands of students. As a fifth grade mathematics specialist for three years, Mrs. Robinson provided training, development, and support for new teachers. She led a two-day introductory course on the district-adopted mathematics program to familiarize new teachers with student-teacher roles, material preparation, and program philosophy. She also distributed monthly newsletters and reminders about teaching strategies and curriculum objectives. Mrs. Robinson has an M.Ed. with a concentration in literacy-specific instruction from Southern Utah University. During her graduate work, she researched best practices and completed a capstone project to improve student learning. A National Board Certified Teacher, she has a reading endorsement and is certified in first through eighth grade elementary education.

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