August 13, 2022


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Local teacher Jennifer Kennedy receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching | News

Recently, SPARK Academy instructor Jennifer Kennedy traveled to Washington, D.C., with superintendent Beth Patton and former SPARK Academy principal Beth McKinney to obtain the Presidential Award for Excellence in Arithmetic and Science Educating.

“Congrats to Mrs. Jennifer Kennedy, SPARK at Cowart Elementary STEM Professional and Presidential Award for Excellence in Arithmetic and Science Instructing awardee!” Athens City Faculties reported in a assertion.

According to the faculty process, Kennedy was celebrated at the PAEMST Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., wherever she been given a special certification signed by President Biden and attended different recognition events.

The PAEMST awards are amid the nation’s maximum honor of distinction for K-12 arithmetic, science, technology, engineering and laptop science educators.

“Kennedy was picked to get this honor for her excellence in science teaching and dedication to STEM education and learning,” explained Athens Metropolis Educational institutions.

The award is the maximum recognition a k-12 math or science trainer can acquire in the United States for training excellence. The recognition was enacted by congress in 1983.

Awards are presented to science, engineering, engineering, arithmetic and/or computer science lecturers from each and every of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Division of Defense Education and learning Activity colleges or the U.S. territories as a group.

The President can bestow awards upon as numerous as 108 academics for each yr.

Much more than 5,200 academics have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their job since the program’s inception.

“This is a Presidential Recognition for Excellence in Science Training. Every single yr the group … (accepts) nominations and submissions from academics at the point out amount. The state chooses finalists in each science and math. and then individuals finalists’ purposes are sent to the national degree in which they pick just one receiver in science and a single receiver in math,” said Jennifer Kennedy, the award recipient from the SPARK Academy.

She also discussed that they alternate years, so that one 12 months is kindergarten by way of sixth quality and the next yr is a teacher from seventh via 12th grade.

“So, they understand both of those elementary and secondary academics in math and science,” she reported.

According to PAEMST, honorees should:

  • teach science, technologies, engineering, arithmetic and/or laptop or computer science as element of their contracted training tasks at the K-6 grade degree in a general public (such as constitution) or non-public college
  • maintain at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • be complete-time workforce of the university or faculty district, as identified by state and district insurance policies, with responsibilities for educating pupils no significantly less than 50 % of the school’s allotted educational time
  • have at minimum 5 several years of entire-time work as a K-12 teacher prior to the 2021-2022 tutorial faculty yr all through which science, technological innovation, engineering, arithmetic and/or computer science has been a component of the applicant’s educating duties every single of the five years
  • instruct in just one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Division of Protection Training Action colleges, or the U.S. territories as a team
  • be U.S. citizens or permanent people and
  • not have obtained the PAEMST award at the national stage in any prior opposition or group.

“For me, it is its affirmation. It affirms that what we do in Athens Town Educational facilities is not only what’s ideal for college students but is also on the cutting edge when in comparison to educational institutions all around the country,” reported Kennedy.

She mentioned Athens’ STEM-focused Academy is a position that instructors are encouraged to educate students with problem solving and or initiatives purposes for science and social scientific studies curriculum.

“We are really main the pack,” reported Kennedy.

The most impactful portion of the honor for Kennedy was the support of Patton and McKinney.

“For me, the greatest portion of this honor was the truth that our superintendent Beth Patton and my principal Dr. Beth McKinney, were capable to occur out to Washington when I acquired my award,” she explained.

Having the encouragement of the faculty district and her faculty developing was unique.

“To know that I have the assist from our administration to do new and different matters in my classroom and to test things is just unheard of in other areas,” Kennedy explained. “So, I’m really, definitely grateful to be in Athens Town, and now I know that seems like a Overlook The us speech but it is 100 p.c from the coronary heart.”