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National honor to teacher

By The Mercury

Angie Miller, a 7th grade math teacher at Eisenhower Middle School, was one of two Kansas educators to be named a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Only 97 educators across the country received this honor from President Barack Obama.

Miller received a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at her discretion. Winners were also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.

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.

“Teaching math to middle school students is my passion and it is an honor to be recognized for what I love doing,” Miller said. “However, this is not an individual effort but the support, hard work, and commitment of many that allow me the opportunity to be named a recipient for the Presidential Award.”

Eisenhower Middle School Principal Greg Hoyt praised Miller and complimented her drive and passion for excellence for herself and her students.

“Angie Miller is one of the finest educators that I’ve had the pleasure to work with in my 23 years in the profession,” Hoyt said. “Angie is what I refer to as ‘the total package’ when it comes to teaching.”

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