WASHINGTON, DC — Hook Elementary fifth-grade teacher Susan Dankworth was named one of 213 math and science teachers to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
The award was announced by an official White House press release sent to the Troy City Schools on Monday.
The educators will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8.
Winners of this presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the administration.
“The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our Nation’s success,” President Obama said. “As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills that help keep us on the cutting-edge.”
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded 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 at the state level. Each nomination year of the award alternates between teachers in the kindergarten through sixth grade level, and those teaching seventh through 12th grades.