Holt Middle School teacher Justin Leflar has been named the Arkansas
science finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in
Mathematics and Science Teaching.
“I am pleased to congratulate the four Arkansas teachers who were
selected as 2016 state finalists for the Presidential Awards for
Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson
said. “Your innovation within the classroom and your commitment to
equipping our students with valuable STEM skills have not gone unnoticed. Thank you for furthering STEM education in Arkansas, and keep up the great work.”
The National Science Foundation, on behalf of the White House, oversees
the program that recognizes outstanding teachers who have demonstrated a
commitment to professional development, innovative teaching techniques,
and technology use in their classrooms.
A total of 100 Arkansas
teachers were nominated. The state review committee selected Leflar as a
state science finalist and Henry, Meyer, and Sandy as mathematics
finalists. Arkansas’ finalists are now eligible to be considered for
recognition in 2017 by the national committee.
Each year a
national committee comprised of scientists, mathematicians, and
educators recommends up to 108 teachers to receive PAEMST awards in
mathematics, science, and computer science from each state, the District
of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories, and schools operated in
the United States and overseas by the Department of Defense Education
Activity. Teachers who are selected as national PAEMST awardees each
receive a $10,000 award, a Presidential citation, and a trip to
Washington, DC, for a series of recognition events, professional
development activities, and an awards ceremony.