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Highline School District Teacher Wins Presidential Award

Michele Brees (pictured at left), a fifth-grade teacher at SeaTac’s Madrona Elementary School, won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.

Brees teaches math and science for the Highline School District school, and is also on its math summit committee and science development team.

According to the White House [1]:

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to the best pre-college-level science and math teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates, going either to science and math teachers in grades K through 6 (as it is this year) or to those teaching in grades 7 through 12.

Winners of the Presidential Teaching Award receive $10,000 awards from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a White House awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders.

Brees and the other winning teachers will be honored in Washington DC this fall, when they will receive a signed certificate from President Obama as well as $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

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