CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Michelle Adams, a teacher at Spring Mills Middle School in Berkeley County, is among about 85 mathematics and science teachers nationwide to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The teachers receive their awards during a ceremony at the White House.
“The teachers we honor have demonstrated uncommon skill and devotion in the classroom, nurturing the young minds of tomorrow’s science and math leaders,” said President Barrack Obama. “America’s competitiveness rests on the excellence of our citizens in technical fields, and we owe these teachers a debt of gratitude for strengthening America’s prosperity.”
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.
“Science and technology have long been at the core of America’s strength and competitiveness,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “As a state and a nation, our future innovation and competitiveness depends upon young people who have a solid foundation in math and science. This award honors outstanding teachers who are providing that foundation and we thank them for their dedication.”
Award winners 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.
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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