The Presidential Award is an honor that conveys all the hard work I have put into teaching, and I am grateful for the recognition of my efforts as an educator. This award will also allow me to share my ideas and passion, especially in science, with more educators.

Tristan Bowen Bedford, NH | K-6, Science, 2020

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

Tristan Bowen has been teaching for 22 years. For the past 15 years, she has taught a self-contained fourth grade class at Riddle Brook School (RBS). She previously taught for five years at Russell Street Elementary School and started her career at Nantucket Middle School for two years. Tristan was chosen for a Bedford Education Foundation Grant so she could attend a Gifted and Talented institute at the University of Connecticut. She is a Professional Learning Community Facilitator for her fourth grade team and is part of the Enrichment Committee at RBS which instituted Full STEAM Ahead Day at her school. She served on the executive board for the Bedford Education Association for eight years. Tristan has a passion for writing student-driven science curriculum and is trained in NGSX science curriculum implementation; mentors teachers to implement NGSX principles; and aligns and writes Bedford's science curriculum with NGSX and NGSS standards. Tristan has her students connect with scientists both in the community and worldwide. Tristan has written Wisdom Work Curriculum and has taught it at Southeastern Regional Education Service Center. She presented Wisdom Work at the Christa McAuliffe conference for New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education and at Bedford's Future Ready Conference. Tristan is a member of New Hampshire Science Teachers Association and NSTA. She has a working relationship with University of New Hampshire at Manchester, is a trained STEM docent, and has written a Citizen Science integration curriculum. Tristan has a B.A. in elementary education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.Ed. from Boston College. She is certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade and Moderate Special Needs, kindergarten through ninth grade.

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