ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four Alaskans were among teachers scheduled Wednesday to receive the nation's highest honor for mathematics and science teaching.
The four elementary and middle school teacher were picked for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching handed out by the National Science Foundation.
The teachers include Lisa Stewart, a math teacher at Swanson Elementary School in Palmer; Sheryl Sotelo, a science teacher at Cooper Landing Elementary School in Cooper Landing; Ruth Mount, a math teacher at Mirror Lake Middle School in Chugiak; and Ronald Reihl, a science teacher at Tanana Middle School in Fairbanks.
Each will receive a $7,500 grant for their school and a trip to Washington, D.C.
The winners represent every state and territory and were selected from more than 600 nominees. After a selection process at the state level, a national panel of recommends one math and one science teacher from the elementary level and one each from the secondary level in each jurisdiction. The White House makes final selections.
Teachers are picked based on performance, background, formal education and continuing education experience, professional and nonprofessional activities, and letters of support.
The awards were to be passed out at a ceremony in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
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