South Plantation High teacher given Presidential Award in science
South Plantation High School teacher Allan Phipps has been selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. President Obama recently named 103 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to the best pre-college-level science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and recognizes outstanding teachers for their contribution to the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. A panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators selects the winners.
Winners of this Presidential honor will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion and a citation signed by President Obama. They will also receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders. The educators will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.
Last spring at the National Academy of Sciences, President Obama called on all Americans to join the effort to elevate science, technology, engineering and math education as a national priority. The President’s public-private “Educate to Innovate” initiative, which was launched last fall, has attracted more than $500 million in donations and in-kind support from corporations, philanthropies, service organizations, and others to help inspire students to pursue studies and careers in math and science.
“Science and technology have long been at the core of America’s strength and competitiveness, and the scientists and engineers who have led America on its remarkable path to success share something very previous: science and math teachers who brought these critical subjects to life,” said President Obama. “Today we honor some of the best of these teachers and them for their dedication. They are inspirations not just to their students, but to the Nation and the world.”
Phipps, who is Broward’s Teacher of the Year 2011, is also one of five finalists from a group of 72 teachers to compete for the distinguished 2011 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Award. The winner will be announced during a ceremony on Thursday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Orlando’s Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios CityWalk.
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