The Presidential Award is an esteemed recognition for those heeding the call to effect positive change in the world through the education of children and young adults. It provides validation for teachers committed to a career of service to their students, peers, and educational community. The award exemplifies dedication to research-based best practices, constant self-reflection, and an abundance of creativity.

Nathan Auck Salt Lake City, UT | 7-12, Mathematics, 2013

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

For 13 years, Nathan Auck has had a transformative effect on his students’ educational experiences. He is a secondary mathematics teacher and specialist at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center in the Salt Lake School District, an alternative school whose population is overwhelmingly low income, underprivileged and/or minority. Here, Nathan has led the school-wide implementation of student work-sharing protocols, behavior self-reporting, and enhanced cognitive rigor. He currently oversees instructional improvement, curriculum building, and program design for the middle school, secondary, and adult mathematics programs. In addition to serving on the Utah Senate-appointed Standards Review Committee and the Board of the Utah Conference for Teachers of Mathematics, Nathan was selected by the Utah State Office of Education to write and facilitate professional development for mathematics teachers throughout Utah. Formerly, Nathan taught 9th-12th grade mathematics and science at a private high school for gifted and talented students, the Realms of Inquiry School. Throughout his career, Nathan’s interdisciplinary collaborations with other teachers have provided students with applicative, real-world educational experiences. Nathan holds a B.S. in environmental science from The Ohio State University and is a certified secondary mathematics teacher.

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