Goochland Middle School teacher, Anne Moore, was recently named by the President one of 108 mathematics and science teachers to receive the prestigiousPresidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This year’s awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, event later this summer.
“It is an incredible honor to be chosen from a field of distinguished educators to receive the Presidential Award. My journey was possible with the support of family, students, and colleagues,” remarked Mrs. Moore. “The award offers me the opportunity to meet with our country’s policymakers, as well as consulting with other professionals who strive for excellence in science and technology education. Knowing that an award of this caliber can be life changing, I look forward to exploring the opportunities that lie ahead.”The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The awardees named today teach 7th through 12th grade. “We are incredibly grateful for Mrs. Moore’s amazing contributions to education in Goochland and globally,” said Goochland superintendent James Lane. “We are so fortunate to have her in Goochland and appreciate so much the passion she brings to her work with our students every day.” Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration. “These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science,” President Obama said. “Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technology, engineering, and math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow.” Anne Moore has been an educator for 17 years, teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade STEM and Technology at Goochland Middle School for the past two years. Previously, Anne taught science at Robious Middle School, with five years of experience in the Center Based Gifted Program. Through the implementation of rigorous and relevant project-based learning activities, colleagues describe Anne’s classroom as “serious fun.” Anne’s passion for environmental issues has been a driving force for the development of the Prothonotary Warbler Interactive Study in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. By tapping into local and state experts and resources, her students are exposed to critical environmental issues. They work to discover solutions based on practical application processes and fieldwork. Anne’s previous awards include the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education; Air Force Association Teacher of the Year – Richmond Region; and Outstanding Gifted Teacher, Chesterfield County and the State of Virginia. Receiving over $15,000 in grants, her favorite has been the Fund for Teachers grant, which allowed her to travel to New Zealand to study environmental sustainability.