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NEWS RELEASES 2001-02 :: MARCH 27, 2002


Four North Carolina mathematics and science teachers were among 196 educators to receive the prestigious 2001 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST program was established in 1983 to honor the nation's leading mathematics and science teachers in grades K - 12.

Receiving this recognition were:

  • Sherri Lynn Andrews, a secondary science teacher with the North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem;
  • Stephen Houser Jr., an elementary science teacher, McKee Road Elementary, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools;
  • Marie Radcliff, a secondary mathematics teacher, Cape Fear Elementary, Pender County Schools; and
  • Kitty Rutherford, an elementary mathematics teacher, Dillard Drive Elementary, Wake County Schools.

National Science Foundation Director Rita Colwell said, "This premier group of science and mathematics teachers brings science, engineering and mathematics to life in the classroom and nurtures curiosity in our youth through their innovative and creative approaches to teaching."

State Superintendent Mike Ward said these four teachers represent the expertise needed in North Carolina public schools. "Creative teaching is so important to student success. If we can capture their attention and spark their imaginations, we can inspire students to reach higher levels of achievement."

After an initial selection process at the state level, a national panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators recommended elementary and secondary teachers in math and science to receive a Presidential Award. The award winners, who represent every state, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the U.S. Department of Defense schools, were selected from more than 600 nominees. Each recipient will receive a $7,500 grant for his or her school, a presidential citation and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the award ceremony and participate in award week activities.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.