Congratulations Mrs. Roubison
Congratulations Mrs. Roubison
Posted on 06/26/2018
Mrs. Roubison

Penny Roubison was awarded the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This is the highest math and science teaching honor bestowed by the United States Government. Ms. Roubison teaches 3rd grade at Liberty Elementary School. Upon announcement of the award, Penny Roubison shared, “Winning the Presidential Award is a tremendous honor for which I am very grateful. With this honor, I am standing on the shoulders of the giants, past and present, who have shaped me and my career. As a recipient, I will be afforded opportunities to reach beyond the students and colleagues within the confines of my small school. With this opportunity comes a responsibility to be civic minded in education, help teach best practices, and continue to ignite passion for teaching mathematics.” 

Ms. Roubison is known for teaching students to solve real-world problems. Students in her class explore different challenges and come up with their own solutions. They often compare strategies and make arguments to support their mathematical thinking. Superintendent Shough, remarked, “Ms. Roubison is a gift to her students. She magically transforms a child’s understanding and proves to children that they are capable mathematicians. The gift she gives is priceless to both children and their parents. The Liberty Elementary School District is extremely proud of Ms. Roubison.”

Jennifer Gray, Liberty Elementary School principal, shared, “Penny Roubison creates a learning place where students are encouraged to question their thinking, defend their answers, and continually look for evidence. Each student leaves her classroom with ownership in their education and passion to be ongoing learners of mathematics.”

Penny Roubison has been an educator for 28 years and has spent the last 11 years at Liberty Elementary. Penny has presented professional development at the local and state level. She was the Copper Apple Recipient for Exemplary Teaching of Mathematics in Arizona in 2015, and the Liberty Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2014. Penny earned a B.A. in elementary education from Northern Arizona University and an endorsement in gifted and talented education.