Terrytown Teacher Named By President As Outstanding Math Teacher

Terrytown Elementary teacher Paige Falcon was named by President Obama as Louisiana’s recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 2010 – 2011 school year.

Falcon is one of 85 mathematics and science teachers across the country that were named as outstanding math and science teachers.  Falcon will receive her award in Washington, D.C. later this year.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers.

Falcon will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at her discretion. She will also receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.

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 between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades.  The 2010 awardees named today teach kindergarten through 6th grade.

President Obama has committed to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and prepare 100,000 effective science and mathematics teachers over the next decade.  These commitments build on the President’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign, which has attracted more than $700 million in donations and in-kind support from corporations, philanthropies, service organizations, and others to help bolster science and technology education in the classroom.