Receiving the Presidential Award is a tremendous honor, connecting me to a network of outstanding educators. It is simply amazing to me to be recognized for doing what I love —exciting students about science. I have had the privilege of teaching incredible students who have challenged me to be my best and who are responsible for helping me become the teacher I am today. I am so thankful to my family, friends, and colleagues who have supported my passion for teaching throughout my career.
Vicki Moorehead has been an educator for 28 years, teaching fourth, fifth, and sixth grade for the Catholic Diocese of Jackson. She taught for 20 years at St. Richard Catholic School, and in 2009, she played an integral role in the founding and development of St. Anthony Catholic School. She currently teaches fifth and sixth grade science while serving as the school's library media specialist and STREAM Coordinator. As an avenue to engage, instruct, and assess student learning, Vicki integrates the arts into her classroom. Her classroom is an active learning center where her students' enthusiasm for science is evident. By teaching using the arts, Vicki feels she is able to reach all learners. She has presented professional development sessions for integrating the arts into the science classroom at the local and state level. She was the recipient of the National Catholic Educational Association’s Distinguished Teacher Award in 2013. Vicki earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in psychology and a B.S., summa cum laude, in elementary education from Belhaven College. She also received her M.Ed., with honors, in education from Mississippi College. She earned her Library Media Specialist Endorsement and is currently pursuing STEM certification through Mississippi College. Vicki is certified in kindergarten through eighth grade elementary education and is a licensed library media specialist for K–12.
- High-resolution version of the official portrait photograph
- Awardee holding Presidential certificate between Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director, Dr. John P. Holdren, and Assistant Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation, Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy.
- High-resolution version of the teacher profile photograph