2 Iowa educators honored by President Obama
Two Iowa teachers were honored by President Obama as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Brian Reece, a math teacher at Central Academy in Des Moines, and Allysen Lovstuen, a math teacher at Decorah High School in Decorah, were two of 108 science and math teachers honored nationally. Both will receive a $10,000 award. They also are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the administration.
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.
"These teachers are shaping America's success through their passion for math and science," President Obama said. “Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technology, engineering, and math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow."
The awards focus attention on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), fields in which governments on the national and state levels are actively promoting to attract more students.