Shalonda Carr, teacher at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary was selected as a state-finalist for the 2015-2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. These awards "are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science)."
Teaching 4th and 5th graders in an ELL class at King, Carr said, "Being recognized by the state level of PAEMST is humbling and exciting." She continued, "My ability to reflect on my science instruction and the choices I make to support my students' growth in inquiry based learning grew during this process. I am looking forward to meeting other finalists and awardees to continue my growth as a science teacher."
Carr and the other state finalists attended an awards dinner in October to be recognized for being selected for the award and to celebrate their achievements. Pictures from the dinner are below. She also spoke with WCIA 3 news reporter about the experience so far: Teacher is finalist for Presidential Award
The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.