Tomball ISD teachers make up one-third of Texas finalists for 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Two Tomball ISD teachers—including teachers at Tomball High School and Willow Wood Junior High—are among six finalists in Texas for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, TISD officials announced Nov. 8 in a press release. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Amy Edmondson, a seventh-grade math teacher at Willow Wood Junior High School, and Markaela van Putten—a dual-credit biology, anatomy and physiology teacher at Tomball High School—are among the six Texas finalists being considered for a presidential award in grades 7-12 mathematics and science, according to the release. Edmondson and Putten, along with the other state finalists, will be reviewed by a national selection committee, which will select up to two teachers from each state and U.S. jurisdiction to receive the 2019 PAEMST, according to PAEMST information.
In addition to Edmondson, grades seven-12 mathematics finalists include teachers at Denton and Dallas ISDs. Grades seven-12 science finalists include teachers in Amarillo and Aledo ISDs, as well as van Putten, according to the release.
The presidential award is the highest recognition a math or science teacher may receive for teaching in the U.S., according to the release. The awards are managed by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, according to PAEMST information.
“Amy Edmondson has a permanent smile on her face,” WWJH Principal Bob Frost said in the release. “She is great with our students, faculty, and community and [has] the ability to provide the very best instruction while creating positive relationships. She is an incredible educator that thinks about others before herself, and we are very happy to have her educating students at Willow Wood Junior High.”