Receives National 2001 Presidential Award!
Update (March. 2002): Cindy Kroon has received the Presidential
Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching! Recognition events are scheduled for March 19 - 24, 2002 in
Selection as a Presidential Awardee places Mrs. Kroon among the nationís most outstanding
teachers in mathematics. One high school math teacher from each state is chosen to
be a national Presidential Awardee.
The program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, selects
teachers on the basis of their teaching performance, their background and
experience and their professional and/or community activities. Awardees
exemplify the qualities of innovative and creative teaching, content
expertise, and exceptional leadership. The goal of the program is to
recognize and acknowledge excellent teachers, to identify these teachers
as role models for others in their profession and, ultimately, to draw
from their expertise to advance science and mathematics education.
To be chosen as national awardees, each teacher must submit
applications for evaluation to national selection committees made up of
leading mathematics and science educators, education administrators and
previous Presidential Award recipients. As a state finalist, Mrs. Kroon received $750.00 from the National Science Foundation to be spent for
professional development and/or for the improvement of mathematics in her
classroom. As the national Presidential Awardee, Mrs. Kroon will
travel to Washington DC to attend recognition events, including meeting
with congressmen, and a ceremony at the Kennedy Center for
the Performing Arts. The national award also includes a cash award of
$7500 to improve mathematics education..
During recognition events, awardees will visit the National Air and
Space Museum, Smithsonian, Bureau of Engraving, State Department,
Holocaust Museum, National Aquarium, and National Monuments. They
will also meet with congressmen, and give presentations describing their
favorite lessons. A cruise and dinner dance concludes the
The National Science Foundation has funded this program at the
direction of the White House since 1983.
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