The Presidential Award is an extraordinary honor. To me it means I am teaching all of my students in an environment in which they are wondering, thinking critically, collaborating, creating, and not afraid to make mistakes. One of my favorite aspects of teaching is watching children become curious lifelong learners as they realize their capabilities. I love making a difference in the lives of my students.

Cori Ferenczy Anchorage, AK | K-6, Mathematics, 2020

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

Cori Ferenczy has taught fourth grade general education at Airport Heights Elementary School since 2016. She previously taught a first and second grade combination class at Chinook Elementary School from 2015 to 2016 and taught a fourth and fifth grade combination class at Chester Valley Elementary School from 2013 to 2015, her first three years as a teacher. Cori is a general education classroom teacher who believes that all students can excel. She discovers each child’s unique learning style and teaches mathematical concepts in a way that works for them. Students learn skills and strategies through songs, books, centers, and activities that she creates. They wonder, create, and make connections to the real world by collaborating, risk-taking, explaining, and working with hands-on, real-world materials. Each child knows that he or she can be successful in the classroom. When not teaching during the school day, Cori has offered mathematics tutoring after hours. She also participates in professional development classes offered by the school district. She has twice led a group of students to participate in the school district’s Math Bee. Cori earned a B.A. in elementary education from Colorado Mesa University as well as an M.A. in mathematics education and an M.A. in English language learners from Western Governor’s University. She holds endorsements in elementary education and English as a Second Language.

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