The Delaware Department of Education will honor educators from across the state for outstanding teaching in mathematics and science on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Established by Congress in 1983, and administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation, the Presidential Awards allow for each state to select up to three mathematics teachers and three science teachers as state finalists. Delaware’s finalists are:
· Lori Cabatingan, third grade, MOT Charter School: “For my first four years (at MOT Charter) third grade was departmentalized, and I taught math to all 75 third graders … three years ago, third grade became self-contained, and I am enjoying the opportunity to teach all five subjects and tying in what we are learning in math to what is being learned in the other subject areas, and vice versa.”
· Kristin Gray, math specialist, Rehoboth Elementary, Cape Henlopen School District: “Making mathematics relevant and accessible to all students is my passion. I strive to provide opportunities for students to engage in rich, meaningful mathematical tasks.”
· Jeanine Moore, fourth grade math/social studies, Long Neck Elementary, Indian River School District: “I have spent the last 15 years working throughout the Indian River School District. Beginning as a teaching assistant in the summer migrant program. (I then held several other teaching jobs) … since 2002, I have been a fourth grade math and social studies teacher at Long Neck Elementary.”
· Timothy Dalby, Lower School science, Wilmington Friends School: “I engage students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade in science and engineering investigations. Collaborating with other teachers, we have created integrated units such as ‘Monarch Butterflies’ in first grade. I also have developed the Lower School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) lab. This lab provides students with the space and materials to explore problems and solve these problems.”
· Ann Marie Fitzgerald, (formerly) second grade, Mount Pleasant Elementary, Brandywine School District: “While serving as a radiographer at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and conducting research in ground-breaking MRI, I earned Reading ASSIST accreditation and voluntarily tutored several children with reading comprehension needs. I also volunteering with the Science Alliance. It was this experience that crystallized my passion for science education.”
“Congratulations to these outstanding educators who share their own passion for mathematics and science through innovative teaching, helping to instill the same kind of excitement for the subjects in their students,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said.
Awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. The teachers are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science.
In June, two Brandywine School District teachers were named Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching winners. Mary Pinkston, a mathematics teacher at Brandywine High School, and Michael Kaufmann, a science teacher a Concord High School, also will be honored on Nov. 28th. Pinkston was Delaware’s 2010 State Teacher of the Year.
A national selection committee will review each state finalist’s application and select one awardee in each content area for every state. As part of the recognition process, awardees will take part in a weeklong series of networking and professional development activities in Washington, D.C., and will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.
In addition to honoring individual achievement, the goal of the 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. For more information about PAEMST, see forms and instructions available at: www.paemst.org.
Media is welcome to cover the Nov. 28 event. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m., at Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Avenue in Dover.
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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