Two Montana teachers are among the 102 mathematics and science teachers nationwide who received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching recently. The Montana recipients are:
|Melissa Romano, Helena, top math teacher|
|Elizabeth Matthews, Gallatin Gateway, top science teacher|
• Elizabeth Matthews, Gallatin Gateway School, Gallatin Gateway (Science)
• Melissa Romano, Four Georgians Elementary, Helena (Math) – Read news story about Melissa Romano
Matthews and Romano will each receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They will join other states’ winners later in Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events.
The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation, based in Helena, coordinates the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) awards in Montana.
“Our foundation is honored to administer these awards – the nation’s highest honors for math and science teaching,” said foundation chair Eric Feaver. “It’s part of our mission to promote top-quality teaching and learning in Montana. Awardees like Elizabeth Matthews and Melissa Romano are leading the way — developing cutting-edge teaching methods to get kids excited about math and science. They are preparing Montana students for careers in engineering, technology, medicine, and more. Plus, these teachers serve as models for their colleagues and leaders in the improvement of math and science education.”
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers 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.
Nominations for the 2014 Presidential Awards are open through April 1, 2014, for science and math teachers in grades K-6. To nominate a teacher or learn more, contact Marco Ferro at the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation, [email protected], or visit www.paemst.org.
The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation, based in Helena, works to encourage and promote excellent teaching and learning in Montana. The foundation’s programs include:
• Montana Teacher of the Year Program
• Karen Cox Memorial Grant Program
• National Board Scholarships & Candidate Support
• Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching
• Jim McGarvey Scholarship for Union Leadership in Public Education and Service