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Virginia Finalists for Presidential Math & Science Teaching Awards Announced

Post Date:05/08/2024 9:00 AM

 For Immediate Release: May 8, 2024

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Education today announced Virginia’s finalists for the 2024 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award, regarded as the nation’s top honor for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers, recognizes educators who have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. 

The following teachers are the 2024 Virginia state finalists: 

  • Jennifer Gates, a science teacher at Randolph Elementary School in Goochland County (Goochland County Public Schools) 
  • Elizabeth Lynch, a mathematics teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Martinsville (Martinsville City Public Schools) 
  • Dr. Laurie Sullivan, a Project Discovery Science/STEM teacher at K. W. Barrett Elementary School in Arlington (Arlington Public Schools) 

“I am proud to recognize and honor three Virginia teachers who have been selected as finalists for this year’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Coons. “Virginia’s finalists – Ms. Gates, Ms. Lynch, and Dr. Sullivan – deserve to be celebrated for their subject matter expertise and commitment to their schools, students, and communities. We are proud to have them represent the Commonwealth as they are considered by the national selection committee.” 

The finalists were selected by review committees convened by the Virginia Department of Education. Nominees were required to provide evidence of deep content knowledge and exemplary teaching skills. 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House. The award alternates annually between teachers in Grades K-6 and teachers in Grades 7-12. The President may recognize a total of 110 exemplary teachers each year. A national review committee will review the applications of the 2024 state finalists, and the winners of the 2024 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching will be announced by the White House.  

National awardees each receive a $10,000 unrestricted award from the National Science Foundation, a presidential certificate, and participate in a series of recognition events and professional development activities in the nation’s capital. For more information about the award, please visit the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching website.  

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