7 MT teachers chosen as state finalists for presidential math & science awards

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June 30, 2016

Eric Feaver, MPTF Chair, 800.398.0826 or 406.442.4250
Marco Ferro, MPTF, 800.398.0826 or 406.447.1462

Seven Montana school teachers have been selected as the 2016 state finalists for the prestigious national Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) the nation’s highest honor for U.S. mathematics and science teachers in grades kindergarten through 12.

The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation (MPTF) administers the program in Montana. A committee of Montana science and math teachers selected the nine teachers from a pool of 12 applicants statewide.

The 2016 state finalist award winners are:

Dacia Lackey, Hyalite Elementary, Bozeman, MT
Julie Dahinden, Belgrade Middle School, Belgrade, MT
Kelly Hayden, Hawthorne Elementary School, Bozeman, MT

Deanna Collins, Monforton Elementary, Bozeman, MT
Heather Dunn, Eureka Middle School, Eureka, MT
Judith Boyle, Divide Elementary, Divide, MT
Kaye Ebelt, Target Range Elementary, Missoula, MT

State finalists completed a rigorous application process that incorporates video footage of classroom lessons along with substantial written documentation of impacts of their teaching methodology on student achievement.

The finalist’s applications were submitted to PAEMST where a national panel of highly distinguished scientists and mathematicians will review submissions to determine who will qualify for this esteemed award.

Nationally, the awards program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House. In Montana, the state recognition program is sponsored and administered by the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation in association with the Montana Association of Presidential Awardees.

This fall the 2016 state finalists will be honored at awards dinner.

For more information about the PAEMST program, please visit: www.paemst.org


The Montana Professional Teaching Foundation, a nonprofit foundation based in Helena, works to encourage and promote excellent teaching and learning in Montana. The foundation’s programs include:
• Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching
• Montana Teacher of the Year Program
• Karen Cox Memorial Grant Program
• National Board Scholarships & Candidate Support
• Jim McGarvey Scholarship for Union Leadership in Public Education and Service
• Professional Leadership Scholarship


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