Dobyns-Bennett biology teacher Krautkremer wins teaching award, $10,000

Rick Wagner • Oct 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Dobyns-Bennett High School biology teacher Kris Krautkremer has received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science.

Krautkremer and 108 other teachers who got the award will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation; a certificate signed by the president; and a trip to Washington, D.C., to celebrate their accomplishments, according to a news release from the foundation. While they are in D.C., they will participate in professional development activities and network with fellow STEM educators from across the nation.

“I am a strong advocate of early post-secondary opportunities for all high school students and the Presidential Award elevates my teacher voice to a national level. I believe every student benefits from college-level work; my classroom is full of fearless students taking on this challenge every day and succeeding,” she said in new release from the foundation. “We are a family and my submission reflects our classroom culture of grit and mental toughness. It is our work that is being recognized with this award and I am honored to be an awardee.

Krautkremer, whose district was on fall break and could not be reached for comment, teaches Advanced Placement Biology to 11th- and 12th-grade students at D-B, where she has taught for 16 years. Previously, she taught mathematics and science at high schools across the country for 12 years.

“We are incredibly grateful to have teachers like Kristina that go above and beyond in East Tennessee,” U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City, said in a separate news release.

In the foundation release, she said she believes all students should engage in early post-secondary opportunities. Enrollment in her AP biology classes has grown greatly. She received the district’s Teacher of the Year award in 2016; a 2016-17 Tennessee Educator Fellow for the State Collaborative on Reforming Education; authored the Tennessee Department of Education's teacher leader brief; and serves as a Tennessee Department of Education science content matter expert.

"I am so excited for Mrs. Krautkremer and for the Kingsport City Schools community," Kingsport Superintendent Jeff Moorhouse said. "Mrs. Krautkremer is incredibly worthy of this prestigious award, which highlights the fact that KCS has some of the best teachers in the entire nation. I hope that our school community is as proud as we are."

"Kris Krautkremer is the epitome of what it means to be student-focused," D-B Principal Chris Hampton said. "Students seek to do well for teachers like Mrs. Krautkremer because they realize how much she invests in and for them. She does the same for her co-workers and colleagues around the state. I can’t imagine anyone more deserving of this recognition. It is a true privilege to work with Kris."

Krautkremer has presented at statewide conferences and hosted several legislators in her classroom. She works  to include parents through weekly newsletters and hosts a yearly parent-student lab day where parents engage in an AP lab with their child.

A teacher for 28 years, Krautkremer is certified in composite science and mathematics. She earned a bachelor’s of science in biology from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s of science in microbiology and a masters of public administration from Texas A&M.