The Presidential Award celebrates all the incredible educators who have supported, taught, and inspired me on my journey as a teacher. It acknowledges the hard work and dedication of all teachers. The award honors the effort and determination of students who work to overcome challenges in their lives. It strengthens my enthusiasm for the teaching profession and it reinforces the honor, the privilege, and the responsibility of making a difference in the lives of my students.

Elizabeth Capasso Bridgeport, CT | 7-12, Mathematics, 2015

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Elizabeth Capasso has been teaching for the past eight years at Jettie S. Tisdale School. She currently teaches Algebra I and eighth grade mathematics. Elizabeth strives to have her students develop a deep conceptual understanding of the mathematics through discourse and writing assignments. Students learn to make connections to prior learning and discover how mathematics penetrates all subject areas as the class completes cross-curricula projects in language arts, science, social studies, and art. Elizabeth is co-chair of Tisdale’s School Governance Council, and advisor to the National Junior Honor Society. She is coach of the middle school Math Team. As a mentor, she has worked with student teachers, new teachers, and interns. Elizabeth is a member of the District Curriculum Writing Team and has assisted with presenting professional development for the district’s middle school math teachers. She is a founding member of the Fairfield County Math Teachers’ Circles which provides professional development for middle school math teachers. In 2014, Elizabeth received the Theodore and Margaret Beard Excellence in Teaching Award. Elizabeth earned a B.S., cum laude, in electrical engineering from the University of Vermont and a M.S. in electrical engineering from Yale University. She earned her teaching certification in 7–12 mathematics through the Alternate Route to Certification Program.

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