Tanner High School teacher receives Presidential Excellence Award

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WASHINGTON– A Tanner High School educator is among 108 teachers being recognized as the top mathematics and science instructors in the country. Sarah Lowman and the other teachers will receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

This year’s awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools.

The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, D.C. event later this summer.

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.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events and visits with members of the Administration.

“These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science,” President Obama said. “Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technology, engineering, and math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow.”

Vestavia Hills High’s Marla Hines is the other recipient from Alabama.

See the full list of award winners.