Our immense congratulations and appreciation to Normandy teacher Carrie Jordan!
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Jeffco Public Schools Math Teacher Honored by President Obama
Littleton, CO, August 26, 2016 – Normandy Elementary math teacher Carrie Jordan is among the 213 teachers in the nation to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Jordan and her fellow recipients will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 8, though Normandy Elementary Principal Rebecca Chao and the school staff celebrated Jordan’s award this week. “She is a remarkable teacher and great ambassador for education,” said Chao. “We are so proud.”
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and math teachers across the county. Winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion.
“My personal mission is to be a teacher that makes a positive difference in my students’ lives, instills a love of learning, an understanding of the importance of an education, and leaves a lasting impression on them,” said Jordan. “As a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching award, my continued efforts, work, and mission are acknowledged, validated, and valued.”
Carrie Jordan is in her 23rd year at Normandy Elementary, where she has taught first, fifth, and sixth grade. She currently teaches fourth grade, including an accelerated math class. Her lessons include “active math” where students act-out math processes, draw pictures, and use “cheerleader” moves to show geometry.
As a fifth and sixth grade teacher, Jordan provided a Math Club for struggling students. She implemented an interactive civics unit by allowing students to take part in a model town. Jordan also led students in an annual district curriculum which included a week-long outdoor-based educational experience in the Rocky Mountains. She runs the school Science Fair and has presented her “active math” idea at the local CORE Knowledge conference. Carrie also trained staff members on INTEL: Teach to the future. She is in the process of getting Google Educator Certified.
Jordan has a B.A. in Communications and a Certificate of Elementary Education from the State University of New York – Brockport, and a M.A. in Administration Supervision Curriculum Development – Instructional Technology, from the University of Colorado at Denver.
About Jeffco Public Schools
Jeffco Public Schools has been providing educational excellence for more than 60 years. Approximately nine percent of all the K-12 students in Colorado attend a Jeffco school. Our mission is to provide a quality education that prepares all children for a successful future. The district serves over 86,000 students at 155 schools. Find Jeffco Public Schools on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
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