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July 3, 2018 > Science teacher receives Presidential Award

Science teacher receives Presidential Award

Submitted By Dionicia Ramos Ledesma

Nancy Wright, a teacher at Lorin Eden Elementary School in Hayward has a unique honor: she is the only science educator in California to be honored this year with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Presidential Award.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), with the National Science Foundation (NSF), recently announced that more than 140 individuals and organizations were honored with presidential awards for their excellence in teaching or mentoring in STEM education.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest award given by the U.S. government to K-12 educators that teach mathematics and science.

"I am extremely honored to be receiving the Presidential Award," said Wright. "This award motivates me to become a better educator and advocate for science education," she added. One other California teacher, Gabriela C rdenas, of Los Angeles received the award in the mathematics category.

A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists and educators at the state and national levels review nominee applications and recommend finalists to the OSTP. Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving STEM education.

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