Award Nomination for Math Teacher

Supportive Mentors Plus Natural Talent Equals Award Nomination for Math Teacher
Posted on 02/09/2021
Lauren Tyson

Lauren Tyson is a teacher at Jupiter Elementary School who always loved math. Her skill with numbers, dedication to her craft, and more than a decade of experience, certainly played a role in her being named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Tyson is specifically nominated in the Mathematics award category.

“It means everything to me. It is confirmation that I am in the right profession, especially in this difficult year,” she said. “I truly love what I do and I am so honored to be recognized as doing a good job within my passion.” 

Tyson’s decision to become an educator was influenced by her kindergarten teacher, whose enthusiasm in the classroom left a lasting impression and set the stage for her appreciation for learning.

“[My teacher] just loved what she did so much that it was contagious. I loved being in her class and looked forward to school. That is where my love of being in school started,” Tyson said.

As she grew up, she discovered that math came easily to her. Not only was she driven by a desire to expand her own knowledge base, she also realized the joy in helping others improve and become better.

“I'm so thankful I get to do this on a daily basis,” Tyson said. “I love when the lightbulb clicks on and the student ‘gets it’. It is truly the best feeling.”

Tyson also credits her mother’s positive influence for promoting the importance of education, and instilling a sense of confidence which led her to excel in STEM, an area in which women and girls tend to be under-represented. 

“[My mom] helped me believe that I could be good at any subject I enjoyed, and I did not have to believe the stereotypes of boys being better at math and science than girls,” Tyson said. “Because of her guiding me through my education, I was able to focus on the subjects that I was best at (math) and really dive into it. I thank her every day for my determination and love of education. Without her, I would not be where I am today.”

As she awaits word on whether she will be named a national winner, Tyson reflects on the positive narratives about education she has been given over the years, and the words of encouragement she received about her own abilities. She is committed to passing that on to her students, as she prepares them for success in academics and in life.

“I want my students to believe that they are important and smart. That they can do anything they put their minds to and they can be successful even when it comes to difficult things,” Tyson said. “I want them to remember that I treated them with love and respect and always believed in them.”

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching recognizes teachers that have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Each Presidential Awardee will receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

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