The Presidential Award is a recognition that I never thought I would experience. My early educational years were challenging. In elementary school I was identified with a learning disability and told that school would be difficult. These challenging times, although frustrating, made me stronger. The trials I endured became my strengths and turned into my passion for education. I followed my heart and my heart is overflowing with bliss from this recognition.

Brandi Luloff Townsend, DE | K-6, Mathematics, 2020

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

Brandi Luloff taught mathematics at Townsend Elementary School (TES) in the Appoquinimink School District for six years. Beginning last fall, Brandi was chosen to take on the role of TES’ full-time Instructional Coach, a role in which she works closely with classroom teachers to support student learning across the curriculum. She was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2018. She spent the previous six years teaching for the Christina School District at Maclary Elementary and Gallaher Elementary Schools and began her career at Bright Horizons Family Solutions teaching pre-kindergarten for five years. In the classroom, Brandi uses problem based learning and activities that engage the students in real-world scenarios keeping them excited and connected to learning. Her passion for education beams through the energy that she brings to her lessons. Brandi’s love for teaching and mathematics goes beyond the classroom. She represents TES as the District Math Content Chair Representative and Math Task Leadership team. Brandi collaborates with the district leadership team to organize and facilitate curriculum events for families and staff. Her leadership among colleagues has encouraged the use of new programs for both students and staff across the district. She supports training her colleagues during Professional Learning Community meetings and through professional developments. Brandi earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.A. in elementary/special education from Wilmington University. Brandi is certified in education kindergarten through sixth grade and special education K-12. She is currently attending Wilmington University for her M.A. in school leadership and administration.

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