CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Susan Naylor, a math teacher-coach in Wood County, is one of about 100 science, math and engineering teachers and mentors from across the country to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for 2009. The educators will receive their awards this fall during a ceremony at the White House.
Naylor, a National Board Certified elementary teacher with 30 years of classroom experience, is the only West Virginia educator this year to receive the highest honor. The annual award is given to K-12 math and science teachers for their contributions to education.
“Math and science are critical to preparing today’s students for the 21st century,” said state Superintendent Steve Paine. “Susan Naylor is an example of how teachers can help other teachers learn research-based teaching strategies that can help students learn math concepts in fun and creative ways.”
Presidential award winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Candidates are chosen based on their teaching performance, background and experience. Each year the award alternates, going either to science and math teachers in grades K through 6 (as it is this year) or to those teaching in grades 7 through 12.
Winners receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a White House awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders.
"There is no higher calling than furthering the educational advancement of our nation’s young people and encouraging and inspiring our next generation of leaders," President Barrack Obama said. "These awards represent a heartfelt salute of appreciation to a remarkable group of individuals who have devoted their lives and careers to helping others and in doing so have helped us all."
Established by Congress in 1983, the annual program identifies highly qualified mathematics and science teachers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Territories and the U.S. Department of Defense Schools.
For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.
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