News Release 12110
President Obama Honors Outstanding Math and Science Teachers
97 mathematics and science teachers receive prestigious presidential award
June 11, 2012
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 K12 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 inkind 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: Alabama Suzanne Culbreth, Birmingham (Math) Chanda Davis, Huntsville (Science) Alaska Stephanie Cronin, Seward (Math) Joanna Hubbard, Anchorage (Science) Arizona Michael Frank, Tucson (Science) Arkansas Stephanie Muckelberg, Bald Knob (Math) Vickie Logan, Little Rock (Science) California Kentaro Iwasaki, San Francisco (Math) Dean Baird, Sacramento (Science) Colorado Andrea Wiseman, Denver (Math) Amy Hanson, Denver (Science) Connecticut Karen Thomas, Westport (Math) Tyler Hoxley, East Hartford (Science) Delaware 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) Florida Kathleen Jones, Panama City Beach (Math) Stephen Fannin, Tallahassee (Science) Georgia Carol Taylor, Fayetteville (Math) Kelly Stewart, Atlanta (Science) Hawaii Charles Souza, Jr., Honolulu (Math) Julia Segawa, Honolulu (Science) Idaho Katie Pemberton, Coeur d'Alene (Math) James Jordan, Boise (Science) Illinois Peter DeCraene, Evanston (Math) David Bonner, Darien (Science) Indiana Natalie Schneider, Indianapolis (Math) Stacy McCormack, Mishawaka (Science) Iowa Karla Digmann, Dubuque (Math) Jody Stone, Cedar Falls (Science) Kansas Angela Miller, Manhattan (Math) Dennis Burkett, Jr., Olathe (Science) Kentucky Andrea Higdon, Crestwood (Math) Joshua Underwood, Mt. Olivet (Science) Louisiana Alison Drake, New Orleans (Math) Anna Cole, Raceland (Science) Maine Kenneth Vencile, Rockport (Science) Maryland Barry Hopkins, Severna Park (Science) Massachusetts Kathleen Erickson, Great Barrington (Math) Naomi Volain, Springfield (Science) Michigan Donald Pata, Grosse Pointe Woods (Science) Minnesota Donna Forbes, Mahtomedi (Math) Jamin McKenzie, St. Paul (Science) Mississippi Jennifer Wilson, Flowood (Math) Lucy McKone, Brookhaven (Science) Missouri Jennifer Baker, Hazelwood (Math) Robert Becker, Kirkwood (Science) Montana Tammy Johnson, Stevensville (Math) Carol Pleninger, Havre (Science) Nebraska David Hartman, Lincoln (Math) Joan Christen, Beatrice (Science) Nevada Gary Mayers, Las Vegas (Math) New Hampshire Gina Bergskaug, Hollis (Science) New Jersey John McAllen III, Point Pleasant (Math) Rebecca McLellandCrawley, Perth Amboy (Science) New York Elisabeth Jaffe, New York (Math) Francesco NealNoschese, Cross River (Science) North Carolina Nancy Trollinger, Marion (Math) Eric Grunden, Raleigh (Science) North Dakota Ila LaChapelle, Walhalla (Science) Ohio Carole Morbitzer, Columbus (Math) Tami Fitzgerald, Zanesville (Science) Oklahoma Ashley Moody, McLoud (Math) Rebecca Morales, Broken Arrow (Science) Oregon Mary Koike, Newport (Science) Pennsylvania 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) Tennessee Phyllis Hillis, Oak Ridge (Math) Gail Schulte, Smyrna (Science) Texas Dixie Ross, Pflugerville (Math) Joy Killough, Austin (Science) US Territories Beatriz Camacho, Guam (Math) Katherine Baker, Virgin Islands (Science) Utah Vivian Shell, Salt Lake City (Math) James Larson, Salt Lake City (Science) Vermont Cathy Estes, Thetford (Math) Elizabeth Mirra, Windsor (Science) Virginia Kimberly Riddle, Fredericksburg (Math) Jacqueline Curley, Sterling (Science) Washington Nathan Shields, Vancouver (Math) Robert Ettinger, Seattle (Science) West Virginia Neil Reger, Buckhannon (Math) Angela McDaniel, Moatsville (Science) Wisconsin Michael Tamblyn, Whitewater (Math) Kara Pezzi, Appleton (Science) Wyoming Jayne Wingate, Cheyenne (Math)
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