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Oldham County teacher wins Presidential Award

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By The Staff

An Oldham County Middle School teacher was recently honored by President Bush as a winner of the 2007 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. North Oldham Middle School teacher Jennifer Terry was one of 99 teachers selected nationwide for this honor. Terry teaches algebra and geometry at the eighth-grade level.“I feel extremely honored to represent the state of Kentucky as the winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching,” Terry said of her recent honor. “The award is a nice affirmation for all of the hard work that goes into teaching mathematics. I feel truly blessed to live in an area where education is valued.”The PAEMST is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House. Each year, state officials are asked to nominate the top science teacher and math teacher in their state. From year to year the program alternates in honoring elementary-level or secondary-level teachers.In the citation from the president, winners are commended “for embodying excellence in teaching, for devotion to the learning needs of the students, and for upholding the high standards that exemplify American education at its finest.”Each winner received a $10,000 award from the NSF, as well as a trip for two to Washington, D.C., for a week of celebratory events and professional development activities.Activities during that week included a day with scientists and science educators at the NSF; meetings with members of Congress and federal agency leadership; and a reception and dinner at the U.S. Department of State featuring guest speaker Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, a NASA Astronaut-Mission Specialist.“We are delighted to have an opportunity to honor the teachers with these events,” NSF Director Arden L. Bement Jr. said. “Excellent teachers are crucial to our children’s success in science and mathematics, and they have a tremendous impact on their students’ future interests and pursuits. As a nation, our future innovation and competitiveness depends upon young people who have a solid foundation in these disciplines and an interest in further study.”Established by Congress in 1983, the Presidential awards program annually identifies highly qualified mathematics and science teachers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories and the U.S. Department of Defense schools.