Local teachers named finalists for award

Two local teaches are among six educators from across the state being honored for outstanding teaching in mathematics and science.

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 mathematics teachers and science teachers as state finalists. Those finalists then vie for the state title the following year.

Awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions.

The 2013 Delaware finalists include Karen Berry of Sussex Central High School and Kristin Carmen of Sussex Technical High School, both nominated for outstanding teaching of mathematics.

The winners and finalists will be honored at the annual PAEMST Recognition and Recruitment banquet on Feb. 5 at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.

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.

For more information about PAEMST, see forms and instructions available at: www.paemst.org.

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.

Last year, Delaware honorees included Jeanine Moore, a fourth-grade mathematics and social studies teacher at Long Neck Elementary School, honored for her outstanding teaching of mathematics. Moore has spent the last 15 years working throughout the Indian River School District, beginning as a teaching assistant in the summer migrant program. She has worked at Long Neck since 2002.

“Congratulations to these outstanding educators, who are being recognized for their exemplary ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science,” Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said. “They recognize the importance and excitement of their subjects, and through creative lessons tailored to their students’ needs, they have shared that knowledge and passion with their students.”