Woodbridge High School math teacher Kristie Donavan has been named a 2021 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program (PAEMST) finalist. Kristie is one of three California math teachers in the running for what is billed as the highest level of national recognition for science, technology, engineering and math educators.
Woodbridge High School Principal Chris Krebs said:
First and foremost, Kristie Donavan is an exceptional mathematics teacher who is beloved by her students. She has a passion and desire to support student learning at a level found in very few educators. Kristie builds relationships not because it is necessary, but because she values others and sees true worth in empathy. Since 2007 she has taught all levels of mathematics including working with both advanced and at-risk students, effectively supporting a model that includes co-teaching with a special education teacher, as well as personally developing and teaching multiple strategic intervention programs. It is not uncommon to see Kristie sitting with the most at-risk students on campus, committing fully to supporting them and making them believe in their inevitable success. She’s an exemplar teacher, a wonderful colleague, and a mentor for new teachers in the field. It goes without saying, we’re extremely proud to say she’s part of the Warrior Family.
Enacted by Congress in 1983, the program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy to recognize teachers who have both deep content knowledge and the ability to motivate and engage students.
The president can present up to 108 awards each year, alternating annually between primary and secondary teachers. Since the program started, more than 5,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.
For more information, visit the CDE’s Presidential Awards for Math and Science Teaching webpage or paemst.org.