The Presidential Award is a validation and celebration of the importance of STEM in elementary education. Our youngest learners enter school with an innate curiosity and a natural ability to build and explore. I am honored and humbled to receive this award and will continue to fervently advocate for equitable STEM opportunities for all elementary students, nurturing their creativity, passion, and wonder, as they are the problem solvers of tomorrow.

Allison Greenberg Bothell, WA | K-6, Science, 2020

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

Allison Greenberg has been a STEM-focused educator for 16 years, serving the past two years as the STEM Specialist at Woodside Elementary School. Previously, she taught fifth grade for seven years at Hawthorne Elementary School, then worked as the Elementary Science/Engineering Facilitator for Everett Public Schools for seven years, supporting elementary teachers with science content, pedagogy, and the transition to NGSS. As STEM Specialist, Allison shares her passion for science with students schoolwide through engaging hands-on STEM lessons. Her lessons celebrate creativity and empower all learners to share their scientific thinking while developing students’ content knowledge and NGSS practices. Allison routinely integrates technology into lessons and co-coached Woodside's robotics teams for the past two years. Allison’s work to provide equitable STEM learning opportunities for all elementary students has extended regionally with her decade-long participation on multiple state science assessment development committees and nationally as a conference speaker on elementary STEM instruction and assessments. The past two years, Allison has worked as an adjunct professor at Seattle University, teaching multiple evening courses for teacher candidates. Her dedication to supporting the professional growth of teachers includes her facilitation of the National Board Support Program at Seattle University. Allison also held many leadership roles on staff with the National Youth Science Foundation over eight years. Allison earned a B.A. in zoology; a B.S. in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology; and a master’s in teaching, all from University of Washington. She is certified in kindergarten through eighth grade elementary education and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

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