Professional Development instructor receives presidential award

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At a ceremony in Washington D.C. on September 8, President Obama recognized Lake Erie College professional development (PD) instructor Amy Roediger as one of 213 mathematics and science teachers nationwide to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

As the nation’s highest honor for mathematics and science teachers, the PAEMST program recognizes outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. Recipients of this award are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators at the state level for their contributions to instruction and learning, as well as their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science.

“The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our Nation’s success,” President Obama said in an official release. “As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills that help keep us on the cutting-edge.”

As an awardee, Roediger received a certificate signed by President Obama, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

“The PAEMST recognizes excellent teaching, but to achieve excellence requires the help and support of many people,” said Roediger. “Though I am the one being honored, this award also celebrates my own tremendous teachers, my industrious students and their parents, my encouraging administrators and colleagues, and my incredibly supportive family. This community of people compels me to do my very best work every day in the classroom and beyond.”

Roediger has been an educator for 25 years and has spent the last 20 years teaching chemistry at Mentor High School. She has served as a PD instructor at Lake Erie College since 2014 where she teaches graduate workshops on educational technology. For more information on Roediger, visit the PAEMST website.

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