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Heritage’s Micah Lauer Honored with Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

August 23, 2016 – Heritage Middle School teacher, Micah Lauer, has recently been honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) – an honor which will take him to the White House on September 8 to meet with members of the country’s administration. While in Washington, D.C., Lauer will attend an awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.


“He is very purposeful in his instruction and strives to create real world science field experiences for his students. Lessons are engaging, hands on and relevant to the lives of his students,” Principal Susan McInerney shared. “Micah also has close ties with Boise State University and the University of Idaho. He provides his students with opportunities to interact with young scientists at both locations.”


Lauer is known among his peers as an influential team player. He has served as a teacher consultant with the Boise State Writing Project, and leader of professional development at the local, state and national level.


“This is a huge honor for the West Ada School District. Micah is our second teacher chosen for this honor in the last four years. This is a true reflection of the excellent teachers we have in our West Ada schools,” McInerney explained.


Teaching horticulture/gardening at Heritage Middle School is second nature to Lauer, who spends much of his free time wandering through the great outdoors or tending to his family’s garden.


“What drives me is figuring out how to create authentic science learning experiences in a school setting for our students and also helping other teachers create these types of contexts for their students,” Lauer explained of his passion for teaching. “I love sharing our local ecosystem with middle school science students…It's their world and they will inherit it with all its challenges and opportunities. I want to prepare students for this responsibility, in addition to helping them become critical thinkers and problem solvers.”


President Obama named 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the PAMST – representing educators from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools.


“This recognition will help me advocate for my students and inquiry-based science education. I will continue to use my voice to champion the new Idaho Science Standards and all the opportunities they bring to students and teachers alike. The PAEMST comes with an opportunity to network with other science educators, policy makers, and government administrators in Washington, D.C.,“ said Lauer.