The 2018-2019 state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching were announced Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Education.
The final six, who were selected by a state committee, will move forward in the competition from state level to national level and will participate in and honor and recognition luncheon this fall.
The math finalists are: Kelly Day from Westfield Middle School, Angela Snyder from Creekside Middle School and Richard Ziuchovskifrom Anderson High School. The science finalists are: David Butler from Southern Wells Junior-Senior High School, Sarah A. Chattin from Hamilton Southeastern High School and Kirstin Milks from Bloomington High School South.
“Behind every successful student is a hardworking, supportive and exceptional teacher,” said Jennifer McCormick, Indiana superintendent of public instruction, in a news release. “Because of the dedication to excellence of Indiana’s finalists, our students are more proficient in the vital subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”
The Presidential Awards are the nation’s highest honors for teachers in K-12 in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science. More than 4,800 teachers have been recognized for their efforts in the classroom and profession since 1983.
The recipients of these awards serve as models not only for students and colleagues but serve as inspiration to their communities and leaders in the advancement of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science education.
Recipients will also receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF administers the program on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.