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August 22, 2016
Media Relations Specialist
Two Minneapolis teachers receive Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
MINNEAPOLIS – South High math teacher Morgan Fierst and Webster Elementary Spanish teacher Carissa Tobin have been named recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
According to the PAEMST website, the awards “are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.”
In a press release, President Barack Obama lauded the awardees. “The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our Nation's success,” President Obama said. “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.”
MPS Superintendent Ed Graff also congratulated Fierst and Tobin, saying they are “outstanding role models who provide passionate, student-focused education.”
“Ms. Fierst is a devoted educator for her students, an inspiration to her colleagues and a committed partner with families and the South community. By creating authentic relationships with her students and approaching her work with a social justice lens, she helps students see the real-world applications and implications of their education,” he said.
“Ms. Tobin’s commitment to relationship building, her efforts to develop a positive, solutions-oriented classroom environment and her innovative use of classroom data are certainly making a difference for our students and families. In addition, her collaborative work style benefits her students and colleagues,” Graff continued.