This Presidential Award allows me to share the power of how carefully crafted technological experiences transform students into engaged learners. Not only does this award validate experiential learning, but it also provides a forum for sharing how to ignite young minds. This award represents years of continuous reflection that have helped me to evolve into the teacher I am today. I hope my determination serves as a model to my children on how we can persevere to rise up and meet challenges.

Gina Kimery Louisville, KY | K-6, Mathematics, 2014

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

Gina Kimery has 18 years of experience teaching for the Jefferson County Public School System, where she has taught at four elementary schools. Gina is currently a kindergarten teacher at Farmer Elementary School. As a strong advocate for innovation, Gina strives to bring learning to life through the incorporation of technology. Smartboard instruction has revolutionized her classroom by accommodating various learning styles while enhancing students’ learning experience. Her passion in this area led her to present at regional and national conferences hosted by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and present workshops to University of Louisville preservice teachers. She also serves as a cooperative teacher supporting student teachers in their collaborative leadership project with the introduction of an annual STEM night. She reaches out to the Farmer community, inviting veterans to an annual Veterans Day program honoring their service. Gina was awarded the Greater Louisville Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Helen Cunningham Educator Award, and was recently honored with the Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership Award for her innovation and commitment to her students. Gina earned a B.S. from the University of Louisville, and a M.Ed. and Rank I in elementary education from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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