(DES MOINES) – Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today congratulated the two Iowa teachers who have received prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Today’s White House release announced that Karla Digmann of Dubuque received the award for math, and Jody Stone of Cedar Falls received the award for science.
“I want to congratulate both Karla and Jody for a job well done,” said Reynolds, who Co-Chairs the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Council with University of Northern Iowa President Ben Stone. “The jobs of the future are dependent on STEM education, and it is appropriate to honor those teachers whose instructional talents are bettering our students.
“Raising skill levels is critical for the innovation and productivity needed to drive a thriving Iowa economy. A key step to assuring young people acquire those skills is a rigorous, real-world education in science, technology, engineering and math. These teachers are furthering our administration’s goal of providing access to an outstanding STEM education for all Iowa’s students.”
From the White House Release:
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. 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 2011 awardees named today teach 7th through 12th grades.
Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.
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.