I believe the Presidential Award is a way to honor and recognize teachers from across the country who are dedicated, collaborative, and reflective, and who implement best practices. This award is a culmination of the passion, support, and inspiration from the many students, colleagues, mentors, family members, and friends who have contributed to my growth. It is humbling to be recognized among so many outstanding educators for doing something I genuinely love.
Sarah Luvaas has been an educator for 12 years in Title I schools. For the last four years, she has taught third grade at Redland Elementary School in the Oregon City School District. Previously, Sarah taught first through fourth grade at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School. In Sarah’s classroom, students use precise mathematical language and communicate their reasoning as they work through their rigorous tasks. She constructs sequential lessons that advance student learning through a continuum of understanding that includes the use of manipulatives, technology, and discourse. When Sarah is not pursuing professional development opportunities for her personal growth, she is facilitating professional development within her school and across the district on integrating technology in the classroom and implementing best practices for mathematical instruction. Sarah also impacts student learning across the community by being a member on school and district committees designing initiatives and setting goals, mentoring new teachers, and presenting at school family nights. Sarah has a B.S. in education from Western Oregon University and a M.S. in education from Portland State University. She is a certified elementary school teacher.
- 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