National Math and Science Initiative Names Winners of Third Annual All American Teacher of the Year Awards Competition

DALLAS--()--The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) today announced the winners of its third annual All American Teacher of the Year Awards competition. The awards recognize outstanding Advanced Placement (AP)* math, science and English teachers for their contributions to their students and to the teaching profession. The 23 award winners will receive a cash award, and each teacher will be recognized at a special awards dinner in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2012.

“These teachers have demonstrated a total commitment to their students' academic growth and are truly role models for the other teachers participating in NMSI’s programs,” said Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, President and CEO of NMSI. “Their efforts continue to drive impressive results by their students and inspire other teachers.”

The awards were given to one teacher each in AP math, science and English from seven states that participate in AP training and incentive programs, along with two additional awards: a teacher from a school participating in the Initiative for Military Families, which provides NMSI’s AP Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) for students from military families, and a teacher from NMSI’s virtual AP program, Learning Power, in South Dakota.

Following are the 2012 All American Teacher of the Year Award winners:

Alabama
English: Diann Frucci, Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School, Montgomery, AL
Math: Scott Sharp, Huntsville High School, Huntsville, AL
Science: Leigh Brown, Huntsville High School, Huntsville, AL

Arkansas
English: John Havel, Wilbur D. Mills High School, Little Rock, AR
Math: Shiloh Harder, Conway High School, Conway, AR
Science: David Wentz, Pea Ridge High School, Pea Ridge, AR

Connecticut
English: Michael Von Wahlde, Westhill High School, Stamford, CT
Math: Frank Spring, Wilby High School, Waterbury, CT
Science: Michael Chapman, Danbury High School, Danbury, CT

Kentucky
English: Stephanie Carter, Lone Oak High School, Paducah, KY
Math: Steven Parks, George R. Clark High School, Winchester, KY
Science: Tamara Herrell, North Laurel High School, London, KY

Massachusetts
English: Susan Crago, Northampton High School, Northampton, MA
Math: Nick Lippman, Malden High School, Malden, MA
Science: Sue Biggs, Northampton High School, Northampton, MA

Texas
English: Mary Racine, W. Charles Akins High School, Austin, TX
Math: Stacey McMullen, Adamson High School, Dallas, TX
Science: Todd Abronowitz, North Dallas High School, Dallas, TX

Virginia
English: Ritamarie Hensley, Cosby High School, Midlothian, VA
Math: Amber Mierchuk, Cosby High School, Midlothian, VA
Science: Martha Neeley, Jefferson Forest High School, Forest, VA

South Dakota – Excellence in Online Teaching
English: Nora Groft, Learning Power

Initiative for Military Families
Math: Katherine Hergenrether, Eisenhower High School, Lawton, OK

Teachers producing outstanding results during the 2011-2012 school year were invited to apply for the competition by organizations administering the NMSI grant program in their states. To be eligible, the candidates had to be a current AP math, science, or English classroom teacher in a public high school participating in the NMSI APTIP, the Initiative for Military Families, or in the virtual program; demonstrate positive results in APTIP; and demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career and be an inspiring model of excellence to others. Nominations were judged by a panel of NMSI educators.

About NMSI: The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education, and science to reverse the troubling decline in American math and science education. NMSI is dedicated to dramatically impacting the U.S. public school system by bringing best practices to education and replicating programs nationally that have documented success in math and science education. These programs include the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program to prepare more high school students to succeed in college level courses, as well as the UTeach program to recruit and train more math and science teachers and the Laying the Foundation program to prepare middle school and high school students to succeed in pre-AP and AP classes. Inaugural funding for NMSI was provided by the Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.

About the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP): APTIP dramatically increases the performance of high school students in rigorous AP courses in math, science and English. The comprehensive approach includes intensive teacher training, support from master teachers, increased time on task for students in special study sessions, open enrollment, and incentives for teachers and students. Passing AP exam scores are almost universally accepted for course credit by the nation’s colleges and universities, which see success in AP courses as reliable indicators of students’ subject-area knowledge and capacity for college-level thinking.

About the Initiative for Military Families (IMF): The IMF program was launched in 2010 as a result of generous inaugural funding from Lockheed Martin Corporation. Major funding to expand the program to new high schools is being provided by the Army Education Outreach Program, BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), the Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and Northrop Grumman. Commitments are in hand to expand the IMF to more than 50 schools by fall 2012. With additional funding, it is anticipated the IMF could reach 150 public high schools, ensuring that a very high percentage of military families will be served.

*AP and Advanced Placement Program are registered trademarks of the College Board.

Contacts

National Math and Science Initiative
Rena Pederson, 214-665-2523
Communications Director
rpederson@nationalmathandscience.org

Release Summary

NMSI today announced the winners of its third annual All American Teacher of the Year Awards competition.

Contacts

National Math and Science Initiative
Rena Pederson, 214-665-2523
Communications Director
rpederson@nationalmathandscience.org