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Katie Pemberton honored with Idaho Teacher of the Year Award

Photo Credit: Shawn Gust/Coeur d' Alene Press

Katie Pemberton, who graduated from University of Idaho’s College of Education with a master of education in curriculum and instruction, has been honored as Idaho Teacher of the Year award.

This follows an impressive year for the Coeur d’Alene teacher. The Canfield Middle School teacher alsoKatie Pemberton received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for 2011 and was awarded the Coeur d’Alene School District Teacher of the Year for 2012.

Pemberton has been teaching at Canfield for seven years. As Teacher of the Year, she is a nominee National Teacher of the Year and will go to Washington, D.C.

“I am so incredibly honored. This is the most amazing profession,” Pemberton said during an assembly where Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna made the announcement, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press.

As one of only 97 recipients of the Presidential Award, she also received a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. It is the nation’s highest recognition of K-12 math and science teachers for outstanding teaching in the United States.

As a leader in grant writing and technology use, Katie has received thousands of dollars in technology grants to create her 21st-century mathematics classroom. She provides her students with innovative and technology-rich mathematics lessons. Students are active and engaged in their learning and are required to think critically as they build a strong conceptual understanding of math.

Katie received her bachelor of art in education from Eastern Washington University — graduating magna cum laude. She also holds certifications in kindergarten through 12th-grade reading as well as mathematics from kindergarten through ninth grade.