WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama today named 103 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The educators will receive their awards in Washington, D.C. later this year. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to the best pre-college-level science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between mathematics and science teachers teaching Kindergarten through 6th grade, and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. This year it goes to teachers teaching 7th through 12th grades. Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders. Last spring at the National Academy of Sciences, President Obama called on all Americans to join the effort to elevate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education as a national priority. The President’s public-private “Educate to Innovate” initiative, which was launched last fall, has attracted more than $500 million in donations and in-kind support from corporations, philanthropies, service organizations, and others to help inspire students to pursue studies and careers in math and science. Last month, Cabinet officials and others in the Federal government answered the President’s call to action by volunteering in local classrooms as part of National Lab Day, a nationwide initiative to build local communities of support for teachers and students studying mathematics and science. “Science and technology have long been at the core of America’s strength and competitiveness, and the scientists and engineers who have led America on its remarkable path to success share something very precious: science and math teachers who brought these critical subjects to life,” said President Obama. “Today we honor some of the best of these teachers and thank them for their dedication. They are inspirations not just to their students, but to the Nation and the world.” The individuals receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching this year are: Alabama Megan O'Neill, Fairhope (Science) Alaska Robert Williams, Palmer (Math) Jane Sandstrom, Fairbanks (Science) Arizona Sandra Trevino, Sierra Vista (Math) Colette Bos, Mesa (Science) Arkansas Lorraine Darwin, Cabot (Math) Karen Ladd, Jonesboro (Science) California Sean Nank, Oceanside (Math) Mark Fairbank, Paso Robles (Science) Colorado Carrie Heaney, Aurora (Math) Aaron Sams, Woodland Park (Science) Connecticut Edward DePeau III, Newington (Math) Kristen Record, Stratford (Science) Delaware Carrie Barber, Wilmington (Math) Kelly Green, Middletown (Science) Department of Defense Education Activity Timothy Kelly, Baumholder, Germany (Math) Ray Smola, Heidelberg, Germany (Science) District of Columbia Yvette Yamagata, Washington (Math) Florida Michelle Voelker, Defuniak Springs (Math) Allan Phipps, Plantation (Science) Georgia Christopher Harrow, Atlanta (Math) Rachael Parr, Commerce (Science) Hawaii Yannabah Lewis, Kailua-Kona (Math) John Constantinou, Kea'au (Science) Idaho Kim Zeydel, Meridian (Math) Marian DeWane, Boise (Science) Illinois Paul Karafiol, Chicago (Math) Jason Crean, La Grange (Science) Indiana Janice Mitchener, Carmel (Math) Deanna York, Indianapolis (Science) Iowa Matthew Miller, Cedar Rapids (Math) Jessica Gogerty, Des Moines (Science) Kansas Cynthia Couchman, Buhler (Math) Bruce Wellman, Lawrence (Science) Kentucky Jennifer Crase, Crestwood (Math) Melissa Evans, Corbin (Science) Louisiana Pamela Goodner, Baton Rouge (Math) Lisa Hartman, New Orleans (Science) Maine Shawn Towle, Falmouth (Math) Maria Palopoli, Brunswick (Science) Maryland Kimberly Burton-Regulski, Essex (Math) Radhika Plakkot, Huntingtown (Science) Massachusetts Sharon Hessney, Roxbury (Math) Mark Greenman, Marblehead (Science) Michigan Renee Yake, Iron Mountain (Math) Nathaniel Childers, Rochester Hills (Science) Minnesota Karen Hyers, Oakdale (Math) Stephen Kaback, Minneapolis (Science) Mississippi Virginia Welch, Hattiesburg (Math) Linda Parrott, Ocean Springs (Science) Missouri Steven Willott, Saint Charles (Math) Marsha Tyson, Columbia (Science) Montana LeAnne Yenny, Bozeman (Math) Darlene Ruble, Eureka (Science) Nebraska Linda Coates, Omaha (Math) Brenda Zabel, Omaha (Science) Nevada Michael Patterson, Las Vegas (Math) Cynthia Kern, Henderson (Science) New Hampshire Stacey Plummer, Hollis (Math) Angela Gospodarek, Raymond (Science) New Jersey Mark Geiger, Lanoka Harbor (Math) W. Donald Clark, Long Branch (Science) New Mexico Dana Dawson, Edgewood (Math) Vincent Case, Albuquerque (Science) New York Camsie Matis, New York (Math) Jeanne Kaidy, Rochester (Science) North Carolina Maria Hernandez, Durham (Math) Judith Jones, Chapel Hill (Science) North Dakota Fredrick Strand, Hatton (Math) Ryan Bleth, Bismarck (Science) Ohio Rebecca Link, Fort Recovery (Math) Sandee Coats-Haan, Liberty Township (Science) Oklahoma Beth Harper, Oklahoma City (Math) Kristy VanDorn, Edmond (Science) Oregon Marna Knoer, Eugene (Math) Lori Lancaster, Portland (Science) Pennsylvania Becky Piscitella, Johnstown (Math) Puerto Rico Sylvette Velez, San Juan (Math) Alexandra Rodríguez, San Juan (Science) Rhode Island Jeffrey Schoonover, Portsmouth (Science) South Carolina Michelle Spigner, Columbia (Science) South Dakota Lori Keleher, Miller (Math) Angela Hejl, Yankton (Science) Tennessee Jeff McCalla, Arlington (Math) Peggy Bertrand, Oak Ridge (Science) Texas Mallory Zimmerman, Uvalde (Math) Lucielle Paramoure, New Braunfels (Science) US Territories Weslyn Harry, St. Thomas (Math) Mary Jane Coles, Frederiksted (Science) Utah Janet Sutorius, Nephi (Math) Amy Pace, Saint George (Science) Vermont John Willard, Colchester (Math) William Warren, Colchester (Science) Virginia Kimberly Morrow-Leong, Bristow (Math) Dat Le, Arlington (Science) Washington Nicola Wethall, Oak Harbor (Math) Kareen Borders, Lakebay (Science) West Virginia Cynthia Burke, Wheeling (Math) Rebecca Jones, Lumberport (Science) Wisconsin Weston Glasbrenner, Fennimore (Math) Melissa Hemling, Pulaski (Science) Wyoming Susan Carlson, Casper (Math) Mark Haskins, Lander (Science) Related Article |