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STEM Teachers Earn Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Visit White House

Lynnea Shafter and Sue Darden at White House

August 28, 2018 – Galileo STEM Academy teacher Sue Darden and Barbara Morgan STEM Academy teacher Lynnea Shafter traveled to the White House this summer as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). While in Washington, D.C., Darden and Shafter attended an awards ceremony where they each received a presidential citation and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.


“The PAEMST recognition is such an honor and an opportunity to be part of a community of educators who are dedicated to advocating for and modeling best practice in education,” Shafter shared of using this award as a platform for advocacy. “I am increasing my networks at the local, state and federal level and have a voice in the future decisions shaping STEM education.”


By earning this national recognition, only earned by approximately 140 individuals and organizations this year, Darden and Shafter have proved themselves as developers of high-quality instruction. Both teachers shared the innovation and engagement captured in their classrooms is an expectation, and one that brings fun challenges to their everyday.


“With a combination of class activities and individualized online learning, each student has the chance to learn and grow,” Darden said. “I love to see them gain confidence in their mathematical abilities and challenge themselves to improve and learn, while hopefully having fun at the same time.”


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