Francis Named State Finalist

Each year Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are presented to educators across the nation. It is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. The Awards were established by Congress in 1983 and only 108 may be recognized each year by the President.
The award recognizes those teachers have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas.  Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation's teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement.

This past spring, the NC coordinator convened a selection committee, which included prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science education researchers, district level personnel, and classroom teachers. This year the state selected Mrs. Francis as one of the three NC finalists from the science award category for recognition at the state level.  These finalists are now forwarded to the National Science Foundation where one will be chosen from NC.

The national award recipient will be recognized by the President of the United States, receive a paid trip to Washington DC for a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation, and network with colleagues across the nation.