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Department of Education to honor top educators at December 1st Event

Four innovative and passionate teachers from Cape Henlopen School District, Capital School District and MOT Charter School have been named winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

An additional quartet of Delaware math and science teaching pros are 2016 finalists for the US Department of Education PAEMST honor, and all of the K-12 teachers will be recognized at a December banquet.

screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-3-42-57-pmAwarded each year by the White House, PAEMST is given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions.

In addition to honoring individual achievement, the goal of the PAEMST award program is to exemplify the highest standards of mathematics and science teaching.

Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Every year each state selects up to five mathematics teachers and five science teachers as state finalists. A national selection committee reviews state finalist applications and selects one awardee in each content area for every state. Teachers are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science.

As part of the recognition process, awardees take part in a weeklong series of networking and professional development activities in Washington, D.C., and receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-3-43-09-pm“We are honored to continue highlighting the great work of Delaware teachers through the Presidential Awards in math and science,” Delaware Secretary of Education Steve Godowsky said. “These educators are role models for their schools, their districts and the state, and we are honored to highlight their achievements.”

The award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. Thus, teachers will receive awards for the years 2014 and 2015 at the December 1 reception.

The reception begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m., at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, Delaware State University in Dover.

2014 Awardees

Math
Kristin Gray
Math Specialist & Teaching Channel Laureate
Richard A. Shields Elementary School
Cape Henlopen School District

Science
Kimberly Simmons
Kindergarten Teacher
East Dover Elementary
Capitol School District

2015 Awardees

Math
Robin Corrozi
High School Mathematics
Cape Henlopen High School
Cape Henlopen School District

Science
John C. Scali
Integrated Science and Chemistry Teacher
MOT Charter School

2016 Finalists

Math
Brandy Cooper
6th Grade Mathematics Teacher
Milford Central Academy
Milford School District

Christa Ferdig
5th Grade Elementary Teacher
Long Neck Elementary School
Indian River School District

Science
Leona Williams
Grade 4 Elementary Teacher
Forwood Elementary School
Brandywine School District

Wendy Turner
2nd Grade Elementary Teacher
Mt. Pleasant Elementary School
Brandywine School District

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