The 2019 state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching were named during a special ceremony Monday, June 17, at Exploration Place in Wichita.
The 2019 state finalists for mathematics are Dean Gerlach, Washburn Rural High School, Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437, and Luke Henke, Columbus High School, Columbus USD 493.
The 2019 state finalists for science are Erica Huggard, Emporia High School, Emporia USD 253; Kelly Kluthe, Olathe West High School, Olathe USD 233; and Margaret Richard, Summit Trail Middle School, Olathe USD 233.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation's highest honor for mathematics and science teaching. They 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, secondary educators are being recognized. Kansas had seven mathematics nominees and eight science nominees (a list of all nominees is attached). Each of the state finalists received a $500 cash award and will now 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. Each of the national finalists will receive a $10,000 award.
The awards ceremony took place in conjunction with the 2019 Kansas Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Conference, a two-day event that took place June 17-18 at Newman University in Wichita. The conference is hosted annually by the Kansas State Department of Education.
More than 220 science and math educators from across Kansas attended the conference, which featured math and science presentations and workshops delivered by leading Kansas educators.
The conference was sponsored by Westar Energy and Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation.
2019 KANSAS NOMINEES FOR PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS
FOR EXCELLENCE IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE TEACHING
Shawnee Mission West High School, Shawnee Mission USD 512
Steve Loe, principal
Dr. Mike Fulton, superintendent
Washburn Rural High School, Auburn-Washburn USD 437
Edward Raines, principal
Dr. Scott McWilliams, superintendent
Columbus Unified High School, Columbus USD 493
Tim Davied, principal
Dr. Brian Smith, superintendent
Olathe West High School, Olathe USD 233
Jay Novacek, principal
Dr. John Allison, superintendent
Rossville Junior-Senior High School, Kaw Valley USD 321
Brad Anderson, principal
Kerry Lacock, superintendent
St. Marys Junior-Senior High School, Kaw Valley USD 321
Ryan Luke, principal
Maize South High School, Maize USD 266
David Hickerson, principal
Dr. Chad Higgins, superintendent
Meade High School, Meade USD 226
Brandon Haynes, principal
Kenneth Harshberger, superintendent
Wichita South High School, Wichita USD 259
Cara Ledy, principal
Dr. Alicia Thompson, superintendent
Susan B. Anthony Middle School, Manhattan-Ogden USD 383
Vickie Kline, principal
Dr. Marvin Wade, superintendent
Manhattan High School, Manhattan-Ogden USD 383
Greg Hoyt, principal
Emporia High School, Emporia USD 253
Dr. Britton Hart, principal
Kevin Case, superintendent
Summit Trail Middle School, Olathe USD 233
Dr. Sarah Guerrero, principal
Augusta Middle School, Augusta USD 402
Rick Rivera, principal
Dr. John Black, superintendent
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