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Middleton-Cross Plains teacher among five state finalists for Presidential Teaching Awards

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MADISON, Wis. - Five Wisconsin teachers have been named finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The 2017 awards recognize middle and high school teachers. Wisconsin finalists are:

Danielle Carlson, science teacher at Fennimore Middle and High School

Rick Erickson, science teacher at Bayfield High School

Sonja Hungness, math teacher at Kromrey Middle School, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District

Kristin Michalski, physics, Project Lead the Way and astronomy teacher at East Troy High School

Kevin Reese, math and Advanced Placement calculus and statistics teacher at Clintonville High School

"These teachers inspire a love of learning in their students," said State Superintendent Tony Evers. "They engage our kids in the subtleties of science and the marvels of mathematics to bring these subjects into focus for today's world and in sharing the future."

PAEMST is considered the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for math and science teachers. Established by Congress in 1983, the program recognizes teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning.

Since PAEMST was established, more than 4,700 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

A committee organized by the National Science Foundation, which administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will judge applications from Wisconsin's five finalists.

The panel may select one math teacher and one science teacher to receive a Presidential Teaching Award from each state and four U.S. jurisdictions.

In addition to recognition and professional development opportunities, award recipients receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.