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NO. R-175.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Ellen Sulek on being named a winner of a 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.

(H.C.R.107)

Offered by:  Representatives Green of Berlin, Evans of Essex, Hosford of Waitsfield, Koch of Barre Town, McFaun of Barre Town and Valliere of Barre City.

Whereas, one of the highest honors that a math or science teacher in the United States can earn is a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and

Whereas, in 2004, only 95 elementary and secondary school teachers in the nation were presented this prestigious commendation, and

Whereas, the awards were established in 1983, and they are intended to identify and honor outstanding math and science teachers in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories, and the U.S. Department of Defense Schools, and

Whereas, the 2004 winners were selected exclusively from kindergarten through sixth grade classroom teachers, and

Whereas, a panel comprising leading mathematicians, scientists, and educators, working in conjunction with the White House, selects the winners, and

Whereas, among this year’s recipients was Ellen Sulek, a science teacher at Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, and

Whereas, she approaches the teaching of science to children in a special way, according to a Times Argus account, encompassing “modeling and inquiry, exploring new experiences, making predictions, investigating and observing, and deciding if the evidence confirms the prediction or not,” and

Whereas, through her emphasis on the investigatory aspect of science,  Ellen Sulek is able to arouse in her young students scientific curiosity and interest in exploring new ideas, and

Whereas, the National Science Foundation (NSF), which administers this award program, paid for her to travel to our nation’s capital to be honored at a ceremony that President Bush attended and to participate in a series of professional development activities, and

Whereas, Ellen Sulek will be the recipient of a $10,000.00 NSF grant to enhance science education at her school, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Ellen Sulek on being named a winner of a 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ellen Sulek at Barre Town Middle and Elementary School.



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