The Delaware Department of Education announces that Long Neck Elementary School teacher Jeanine Moore is the recipient of the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is the highest recognition a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Moore received the award for mathematics instruction. Honored for science is Tim Dalby of the Wilmington Friends School.
Established by Congress in 1983 and administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation, the Presidential Awards allow 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.
“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.”
DOE also announces state finalists for the 2013 award:
For Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, Sussex Central High School teacher Karen Berry joins other state finalists Eric Anderson of the Charter School of Wilmington, Kristin Carmen of Sussex Technical High School and Carly Pisani of the Delaware Military Academy.
Excellence in Science Teaching finalists are Robert Ferrell of the Louis L. Redding Middle School, Appoquinimink School District, and Chris Havrilla of Woodbridge High School.
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 awards 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.
The winners and finalists will be honored at the annual PAEMST Recognition and Recruitment banquet Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.