A Madison County teacher was among 213 teachers named Monday to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Vivian Bowles, a teacher at Kit Carson Elementary School in Richmond, and the other educators will receive their awards at a ceremony Sept. 8 in Washington, D.C.
The only other Kentucky winner was Gina Emery, a math teacher at James E. Farmer Elementary School in Jefferson County.
The winners are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators afterinitial selection at the state level.
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Winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. The recipients represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools.
“The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring that our students are equipped with critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our nation’s success,” President Barack Obama said in a news release. “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.”
In 2014, Bowles was named the elementary science teacher of the year by the Kentucky Science Teachers Association.