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Florida Teachers Receive Presidential Awards

President Obama named more than 100 science, math, and engineering teachers and mentors as recipients of two prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence on July 9, 2009. Two Florida teachers were recognized for their hard work, expertise and outstanding teaching accomplishments.

Congratulations to Sara Rebecca Pittard, a teacher at Pine Trail Elementary, in Ormond Beach and Wendy Shelden, fourth grade teacher at Ralph Williams, Jr. Elementary in Rockledge, for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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 expenses-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.