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Tiffany (Lachenmayr) Palmer (NC '12)


Timber Drive Elementary School
Garner, NC

Subject(s) taught: Mathematics, Science
Grade(s): 4

At the time of the Award, Tiffany (Lachenmayr) Palmer was:

Timber Drive Elementary School
Garner, NC

Subject(s) taught: Mathematics, Science
Grade(s): 4

Biographical Information

At Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner, North Carolina, fourth-grade math and science specialist Tiffany (Lachenmayr) Palmer runs her classroom the same way she runs her own life: with high expectations and a willingness to improve. (Lachenmayr) Palmer's impact is felt on students long after they have left her classroom; they return to visit and ask her for advice.

It is no surprise entering (Lachenmayr) Palmer's classroom that fourth graders receive a firm foundation for success. Students are collaborating in groups following the lessons that their teacher models. Strategies are research-based and tailored to their needs. (Lachenmayr) Palmer tracks and analyzes student data throughout the year. If a student is not meeting his or her targets, (Lachenmayr) Palmer promptly initiates a plan for improvement. She also has a deep understanding of special education students and makes sure that they stay on track. Her classroom is open for other teachers to observe, and parents are involved in their children's learning through a newsletter with tips they can use at home to supplement the lessons taught during the school day.

The hard work pays off: Timber Drive Elementary fourth-graders are exceeding state averages for math and reading, according to 2011-2012 school year results from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

(Lachenmayr) Palmer is a leader beyond the classroom. She is National Board Certified, a grade level leader, and a member of the school leadership team on which she helps develop the school improvement plan each year. She is also on the reading, writing and math committees, participates in professional development on a regular basis, and serves as a member of the Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Tiffany (Lachenmayr) Palmer Newsletters

Three Days, Four States, $100,000
Nov 16, 2012

Tiffany (Lachenmayr) Palmer In The News

Local educators' work will last a lifetime
Cary Magazine  |  Aug 01, 2013  |  Cary, NC

Teacher's well-earned reward
The News & Observer  |  Nov 20, 2012  |  Raleigh, NC

Garner elementary teacher wins national award, $25,000
Garner Cleveland Record  |  Nov 18, 2012  |  Smithfield, NC

Garner elementary teacher wins national award, $25,000
Winston-Salem Journal  |  Nov 15, 2012  |  Winston-Salem, NC

Garner elementary teacher wins award, $25,000
The News & Observer  |  Nov 14, 2012  |  Raleigh, NC

Garner teacher surprised with national award, $25,000
WRAL-TV  |  CBS  |  Nov 14, 2012  |  Raleigh, NC

Meredith M.Ed. Graduate Earns National Teaching Award
Meredith College  |  Nov 14, 2012  |  Raleigh, NC

Timber Drive teacher receives national recognition, $25,000
Garner News  |  Jan 01, 2012  |  Fuquay-Varina , NC