Receiving the Presidential Award is the proudest achievement of my life. This award represents countless hours spent learning, planning, and collaborating to bring innovative mathematics experiences to my students. I could not have earned this award without the support of my school district; professional development from the Teaching & Learning Collaborative and Tech Corps; and all of the administrators, mentors, and colleagues who have helped me grow as an educator.

Krystina Pratt New Albany, OH | K-6, Mathematics, 2020

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

Krystina “Kryssie” Pratt has been an educator for 11 years, 10 of which were spent in the classroom. She is currently a Teacher on Special Assignment with the Teaching & Learning Collaborative (TLC), where she serves as a Professional Development (PD) Coordinator. Kryssie previously spent five years teaching third grade at New Albany Primary School, two years at Mohawk Elementary School, and two years as an intervention specialist at Old Fort and Lincoln Elementary Schools, respectively. As a PD Coordinator, Kryssie designs and facilitates high-quality professional development opportunities for teachers in mathematics, science, and computer science (CS). Kryssie is passionate about ensuring all students gain a conceptual understanding of mathematics through a rich and rigorous curriculum. As a third grade teacher, she incorporated CS into her mathematics curriculum through the E4Tech program. Students engaged in innovative and rigorous mathematics lessons that incorporated computational thinking concepts, computer programming, and robotics. Kryssie advocates for teaching practices that nurture students’ positive mathematical identities and build a deep understanding of mathematics. Kryssie is a past president of the Central Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (COCTM), an affiliate of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM). In 2018, she was a member of the CS Standards Writing Team for the Ohio Department of Education. Kryssie also served as a New Teacher Mentor for four years at New Albany Primary. Kryssie has a B.A., cum laude, in early childhood education from Heidelberg University and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Bowling Green State University. She is certified to teach pre-kindergarten through third grades and K-12 Special Education.

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