2018 STEM Teacher Ambassador

Nathan Auck
Utah Department of Education

Nathan AuckFor the last 14 years, Auck has had a transformative effect on his educational community. He started his career in education as a Senior Field Instructor for Second Nature's wilderness therapy program, supporting students with challenging childhoods in making healthier life decisions. Once he learned how to effectively serve students experiencing enormous struggles, Auck moved into a more formal classroom setting, teaching 9th–12th grade mathematics, chemistry, and physics at a private high school, focused on integrated, project-based learning experiences. His experience with youth from all walks of life facilitated Auck's transition to the public realm four years later, working as a mathematics coach and teacher at Horizonte Alternative School. During these years, Auck was awarded teacher of the year at Horizonte, was elected to the board of the Utah Conference for Teachers of Mathematics, served on the Utah Senate-appointed Standards Review Committee, facilitated statewide workshops on equity-driven best practices, and won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

During the 2017–18 school year, Auck had the opportunity to pursue an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship in Washington, D.C., working for Congressman Mark DeSaulnier and advocating for the well-being of students nationwide. Following his return to Utah, Auck served as an Evaluation Specialist in the Department of Digital Teaching and Learning, overseeing the evaluation of an innovative $20 million-a-year grant that empowers school districts and charters across the state of Utah to establish roadmaps and outcomes they deem most relevant for their community and then allocates funding to facilitate them achieving those outcomes. Currently, Auck supports local education agencies (LEAs) across the state of Utah in creating equitable, accessible, and successful high school to college pipelines, including envisioning and growing Utah's high school pathways initiative to be more widely adopted and STEM-focused. He is working to support LEAs in the creation of STEM ecosystems focused on serving their unique student population and is also involved in empowering Utah educational communities in their pursuit of mathematical excellence, accomplished through the incorporation of cognitively rigorous math tasks, the Utah Multi-tiered System of Supports framework, and an educator belief system centered on the knowledge that each and every student can be successful in mathematics.

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