June 17, 2014                                                                                                 Contact: Denise Kahler

For Immediate Release                                                                                                 dkahler@ksde.org

 

 

State finalists for math and science teaching excellence awards named

 

TOPEKA – The Kansas State Department of Education today announced the 2014 state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching during a ceremony held at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. These awards represent the nation's highest honor for mathematics and science teaching.

 

The 2014 state finalists for mathematics are:

·        Michelle Kelly, Basehor Elementary School, USD 458 Basehor-Linwood,

·        Anne Sobba, Nieman Elementary School, USD 512 Shawnee Mission

·        Kandy Williams, West Elementary School, USD 320 Wamego

 

The 2014 state finalists for science are:

·        Elaine Colvin, Humboldt Elementary School, USD 258 Humboldt

·        Brandi Leggett, Prairie Ridge Elementary School, USD 232 De Soto

·        Clayton Schrader, West Indianola Elementary School, USD 345 Seaman

 

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are presented to educators who show a high degree of knowledge, innovation, skill and leadership. Elementary and secondary educators are recognized in alternating years. This year, elementary educators are being recognized. Kansas had 12 mathematics nominees and 9 science nominees (a list of all nominees is included). Each of the finalists receives a $500 cash award and will go on to compete for a national finalist title. Two educators from each state, one in the area of mathematics and one in science, may be named national finalists next spring. Each of the national finalists will receive an award of $10,000.

 

The awards ceremony was part of a two-day conference open to the nominees and other members of the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN). The conference, which took place June 16-17 at the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center in Hutchinson, included presentations from leading Kansas educators, Westar Energy and the Kansas Cosmosphere.

 

The two-day conference was sponsored by Westar Energy, Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center, and the Kansas State Department of Education.

 

 

2014 Kansas Nominees for the

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

 

MATHEMATICS

 

Darci Briar

Sterling Grade School

Brennan Riffel, Principal

USD 376 Sterling

Dr. Fred Dierksen, Superintendent

 

Amber Brunswig

South Breeze Elementary School

Jan Plummer, Principal

USD 373 Newton

Dr. Deborah Hamm, Superintendent

 

Jonathon Dirks

Brookridge Elementary School

Sue Adams, Principal

USD 512 Shawnee Mission

Dr. Jim Hinson, Superintendent

 

Tina Gibson

Logan Elementary School

Aarion Gray, Principal

USD 345 Seaman

Mike Mathes, Superintendent

 

Michelle Kelly

Basehor Elementary School

Tiffany Lynch, Principal

USD 458 Basehor-Linwood

David Howard, Superintendent

 

Kristi Link

Wiley Elementary School

Matthew Zimmerman, Principal

USD 308 Hutchinson

Dr. Shellaine Kiblinger, Superintendent

 

Erica Mickelson

Heatherstone Elementary School

Ruth Waggoner, Principal

USD 233 Olathe

Dr. Marlin Berry, Superintendent

 

Laurie Slaughter

Ogden Elementary School

Jim Armendariz, Principal

USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden

Dr. Robert Shannon, Superintendent

 

Anne Sobba

Nieman Elementary School

Stan Anderson, Principal

USD 512 Shawnee Mission

Dr. Jim Hinson, Superintendent

 

Whitney Webb

Mahaffie Elementary School

Peggy Head, Principal

USD 233 Olathe

Dr. Marlin Berry, Superintendent

 

Kandy Williams

West Elementary School

Amy Flinn, Principal

USD 320 Wamego

Denise O’Dea, Principal

 

John Wolters

Amanda Arnold Elementary School

Larry Liotta, Principal

USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden

Dr. Robert Shannon, Superintendent

 

 

SCIENCE

 

Cari Andrews

Central Elementary School

Elizabeth Smith, Principal

USD 336 Holton

Nancy Meyer, Superintendent

 

Elaine Colvin

Humboldt Elementary School

Kay Bolt, Principal

USD 258 Humboldt

K.B. Criss, Superintendent

 

 

 

 

Karen Heins

Americus Elementary School

Aron Dody, Principal

USD 251 North Lyon County

Aron Dody, Superintendent

 

 

Terra Keeten

Phillipsburg Elementary School

Crystal Laurin, Principal

USD 325 Phillipsburg

Michael Gower, Superintendent

 

Brandi Leggett

Prairie Ridge Elementary School

Michelle Hite, Principal

USD 232 De Soto

Dr. Doug Sumner, Superintendent

 

Sarah Medlam

Dean Ray Stucky Middle School

Jennifer Sinclair, Principal

USD 259 Wichita

John Allison, Superintendent

 

Clayton Schrader

West Indianola Elementary School

Sherry Helus, Principal

USD 345 Seaman

Mike Mathes, Superintendent

 

Nancy Smith

Bentwood Elementary School

Cathy McDonald, Principal

USD 233 Olathe

Dr. Marlin Berry, Superintendent

 

Tamara Wynn

Trego Grade School

Tavis Desormiers, Principal

USD 208 WaKeeney

George Griffith, Superintendent