NO. R-180. House concurrent resolution congratulating Carol Amos on being named a winner of a 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.
Offered by: Representatives Ancel of Calais, Morley of Barton and Rodgers of Glover.
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, 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, in 2004, only 95 elementary and secondary school teachers in the nation were presented this prestigious commendation, 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 Carol Amos, a mathematics teacher at Twinfield Union School, and
Whereas, she teaches mathematics to young children, she says, in a way “that doesn’t involve rote memorization of algorithms,” and
Whereas, according to the Times Argus, Carol Amos provides children “with essential building blocks to solve math problems and allow them to reach a solution in a variety of ways,” and
Whereas, she has learned that children need to “dig into a problem and grasp onto a conclusion in their own way,” reports the Times Argus, and
Whereas, the National Science Foundation (NSF), which administers this award program, paid for Carol Amos 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, she will be the recipient of a $10,000.00 NSF grant to enhance further mathematics education at her school, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly congratulates Carol Amos 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 Carol Amos at Twinfield Union School.
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