BHSU alum earns Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, July 16, 2015/Categories: 2015











Black Hills State University alum Lindsey Brewer was recognized at the national level for her outstanding teaching abilities.  

Lindsey Brewer, math teacher at Huron High School and BHSU alum, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, recently.

Brewer was one of 108 math and science teachers to receive the award. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding kindergarten through 12th grade science and math teachers across the country. Two educators from each state are chosen to receive the honor. Brewer received $10,000 from the National Science Foundation to use at her discretion and was invited to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

"It is truly an honor and I am grateful for this tremendous acknowledgement," Brewer said. "To be recognized among presidential winners is very humbling. I never imagined I could be rewarded in such an awesome way for loving what I do every day &ndash teaching."

Brewer is one of three BHSU alums that have received the PAEMST award in the past two years. In 2014, Erin Marsh, math teacher at the Pierre Indian Learning Center, and Ann Anderson, Belle Fourche fifth-grade science teacher, earned the honor.

Brewer earned her M.S. in curriculum and instruction from BHSU and the program allowed Brewer to reflect on and enhance her classroom instruction, as well as build a professional network.    

"Every time I reflect on my teaching, I learn more and become a better teacher," Brewer said. "The BHSU master cohort opened up a whole new world of networking and learning from others who want to better themselves in the teaching profession. Networking and having a teaching mentor is what I attribute my growth and success as a teacher to."

This fall will mark Brewer&rsquos 12th year in education. Prior to her 10-year career at Huron High School, Brewer taught at Howard High School. Her math courses cover everything from pre-algebra to pre-calculus, geometry, statistics and trigonometry.

Education runs in Brewer&rsquos family. Her mother, along with two grandparents and a great-grandparent were educators.

Although a family affair, teaching allows Brewer to fulfill her two passions &ndash math and being a lifelong learner.

"Math always interested me more than other content," she said. "Growing up on a ranch I saw the real life applications of math. Math and teaching math is my real passion."

Brewer uses a variety of methods to promote active learning, and she encourages discussion and interaction in the classroom.

"Teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and professional growth," Brewer said. "As I share my passion for math and learning, I hope to instill a love for learning and maybe even math in my students."

Brewer plans to continue her education, one day earning an education specialist or doctorate degree.

"It&rsquos important for teachers to be lifelong learners. I have always believed if you are not changing and moving forward you are going backwards," Brewer said. "I love learning new things, new technology, and new ways to reach students."

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