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  • Local teachers finalists for national awards

  • Two Eastern Jackson County teachers are among those who have been selected as state finalists for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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  • Two Eastern Jackson County teachers are among those who have been selected as state finalists for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
    Melissa Livengood, a high school mathematics teacher at Grain Valley High School, and Karen Smith, a high school mathematics teacher at Truman High School, are both finalists in mathematics. Four Missouri teachers each in math and science were selected as finalists. Livengood and Smith are the only two teachers from the Kansas City area to be included.
    “Congratulations to these teachers who were chosen as state finalists for excellence in math and science education,” Chris L. Nicastro, Missouri Commissioner of Education, said in a press release. “Using innovative approaches along with technology for teaching math and science greatly enhances student learning in the classroom. Strategies such as these will help our state become one of the top 10 states in education by the year 2020.”
    The PAEMST 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 the initial selection process done at the state level. Each year, the award alternates between educators teaching kindergarten through sixth grades and those teaching seventh through 12th grades.
    The 2013 mathematics and science PAEMST awardees from each state will be announced later this year.
    Teachers who are selected as PAEMST awardees receive a certificate signed by President Barack Obama, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to use at their discretion.
    The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. For more information, visit www.paemst.org.
     
     
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