In teaching and learning, I believe the journey is the destination. Receiving the Presidential Award as a landmark on that journey is humbling and exciting because it underscores the importance of what I do every day: create safe learning spaces that allow every student the opportunity to think deeply and creatively about mathematics. This award is a reflection of the remarkable people who have influenced me, those I have influenced, and the countless experiences that shape me as a teacher.
Kristin Gray, a 20-year veteran teacher of fifth, seventh, and eighth grades, is currently the kindergarten through fifth grade Mathematics Specialist at Richard A. Shields Elementary School. She is also honored to work for the Teaching Channel as a Laureate. Through the innovative use of collaborative Learning Labs, she works with teachers in classrooms to plan, implement, and reflect on teaching and learning. Outside of the classroom, Kristin has developed and facilitated mathematics professional development at district, state and national levels. Since 2013, she has presented at annual National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics conferences. She collaborated in projects with Illustrative Mathematics and the Teaching Channel to develop tasks and facilitate professional development with educators across the country. As a teacher, colleague, presenter, and learner, Kristin continuously shares the value of curiosity around student thinking in her planning and instruction. To reflect on her experiences, she blogs and connects with educators through the Math Twitter Blogosphere [#MTBoS]. Kristin has a B.S. in elementary education with a concentration in mathematics from the University of Delaware and a M.Ed. in applied technology in education from Wilmington University. She is a National Board Certified Middle Childhood Generalist.
- 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