Two Idaho teachers are the recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Holly Dee Archuleta, a math teacher in Meridian, and Vana Richards, a science teacher in Emmett, are among just 85 math and science teachers to receive the award this year and will travel to Washington, D.C. later this year to accept their awards.
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 2010 awardees named today teach kindergarten through 6th grade.
Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.