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News Release 12-110

President Obama Honors Outstanding Math and Science Teachers

97 mathematics and science teachers receive prestigious presidential award

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching logo.

Highest honor for K-12 mathematics and science bestowed on teachers from across the country.

June 11, 2012

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President Obama today named 97 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 month.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 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 teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2011 awardees named today teach 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 are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the administration.

President Obama has committed to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and prepare 100,000 effective science and mathematics teachers over the next decade. These commitments build on the President's "Educate to Innovate" campaign, which has attracted more than $700 million in donations and in-kind support from corporations, philanthropies, service organizations, and others to help bolster science and technology education in the classroom.

"America's success in the 21st century depends on our ability to educate our children, give our workers the skills they need, and embrace technological change. That starts with the men and women in front of our classrooms. These teachers are the best of the best, and they stand as excellent examples of the kind of leadership we need in order to train the next generation of innovators and help this country get ahead," said President Obama.

The recipients of the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are:

Suzanne Culbreth, Birmingham (Math)
Chanda Davis, Huntsville (Science)

Stephanie Cronin, Seward (Math)
Joanna Hubbard, Anchorage (Science)

Michael Frank, Tucson (Science)

Stephanie Muckelberg, Bald Knob (Math)
Vickie Logan, Little Rock (Science)

Kentaro Iwasaki, San Francisco (Math)
Dean Baird, Sacramento (Science)

Andrea Wiseman, Denver (Math)
Amy Hanson, Denver (Science)

Karen Thomas, Westport (Math)
Tyler Hoxley, East Hartford (Science)

Mary Pinkston, Wilmington (Math)
Michael Kaufmann, Wilmington (Science)

Department of Defense Education Activity
Spencer Bean, Baumholder, Germany (Math)

District of Columbia
Sarah Bax (Math)
William Wallace (Science)

Kathleen Jones, Panama City Beach (Math)
Stephen Fannin, Tallahassee (Science)

Carol Taylor, Fayetteville (Math)
Kelly Stewart, Atlanta (Science)

Charles Souza, Jr., Honolulu (Math)
Julia Segawa, Honolulu (Science)

Katie Pemberton, Coeur d'Alene (Math)
James Jordan, Boise (Science)

Peter DeCraene, Evanston (Math)
David Bonner, Darien (Science)

Natalie Schneider, Indianapolis (Math)
Stacy McCormack, Mishawaka (Science)

Karla Digmann, Dubuque (Math)
Jody Stone, Cedar Falls (Science)

Angela Miller, Manhattan (Math)
Dennis Burkett, Jr., Olathe (Science)

Andrea Higdon, Crestwood (Math)
Joshua Underwood, Mt. Olivet (Science)

Alison Drake, New Orleans (Math)
Anna Cole, Raceland (Science)

Kenneth Vencile, Rockport (Science)

Barry Hopkins, Severna Park (Science)

Kathleen Erickson, Great Barrington (Math)
Naomi Volain, Springfield (Science)

Donald Pata, Grosse Pointe Woods (Science)

Donna Forbes, Mahtomedi (Math)
Jamin McKenzie, St. Paul (Science)

Jennifer Wilson, Flowood (Math)
Lucy McKone, Brookhaven (Science)

Jennifer Baker, Hazelwood (Math)
Robert Becker, Kirkwood (Science)

Tammy Johnson, Stevensville (Math)
Carol Pleninger, Havre (Science)

David Hartman, Lincoln (Math)
Joan Christen, Beatrice (Science)

Gary Mayers, Las Vegas (Math)

New Hampshire
Gina Bergskaug, Hollis (Science)

New Jersey
John McAllen III, Point Pleasant (Math)
Rebecca McLelland-Crawley, Perth Amboy (Science)

New York
Elisabeth Jaffe, New York (Math)
Francesco Neal-Noschese, Cross River (Science)

North Carolina
Nancy Trollinger, Marion (Math)
Eric Grunden, Raleigh (Science)

North Dakota
Ila LaChapelle, Walhalla (Science)

Carole Morbitzer, Columbus (Math)
Tami Fitzgerald, Zanesville (Science)

Ashley Moody, McLoud (Math)
Rebecca Morales, Broken Arrow (Science)

Mary Koike, Newport (Science)

Katherine Schwang, Carlisle (Math)
Richard Schmidt, Fort Washington (Science)

Puerto Rico
Jaime Abreu Ramos, San Juan (Math)
Judith Martínez, Caguas (Science)

Rhode Island
Brian Nelson, Wakefield (Math)
David Mather, Warwick (Science)

South Carolina
Matthew Owens, Columbia (Math)
Holly Sullivan, Lugoff (Science)

South Dakota
Deborah Snook, Philip (Math)
Paul Kuhlman, Avon (Science)

Phyllis Hillis, Oak Ridge (Math)
Gail Schulte, Smyrna (Science)

Dixie Ross, Pflugerville (Math)
Joy Killough, Austin (Science)

US Territories
Beatriz Camacho, Guam (Math)
Katherine Baker, Virgin Islands (Science)

Vivian Shell, Salt Lake City (Math)
James Larson, Salt Lake City (Science)

Cathy Estes, Thetford (Math)
Elizabeth Mirra, Windsor (Science)

Kimberly Riddle, Fredericksburg (Math)
Jacqueline Curley, Sterling (Science)

Nathan Shields, Vancouver (Math)
Robert Ettinger, Seattle (Science)

West Virginia
Neil Reger, Buckhannon (Math)
Angela McDaniel, Moatsville (Science)

Michael Tamblyn, Whitewater (Math)
Kara Pezzi, Appleton (Science)

Jayne Wingate, Cheyenne (Math)


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