Two teachers from Massachusetts were among 85 teachers nationwide who have won the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Science teacher Wai Chin of Boston and math teacher Michael Flynn of Southampton will receive $10,000 each from the National Science Foundation. The two will also travel to Washington, D.C. later this year for an official awards
“The teachers we honor today have demonstrated uncommon skill and devotion in the classroom, nurturing the young minds of tomorrow’s science and math leaders,” said President Obama regarding this year's award winners. “America’s competitiveness rests on the excellence of our citizens in technical fields, and we owe these teachers a debt of gratitude for strengthening America’s prosperity.”
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from 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. Chin and Flynn teach science to elementary school students in their respective systems.
You can see the official statement about the awards on the White House website here.