U.S. Honors Math, Science Teachers

October 07, 1987 6 min read
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The White House has named 108 teachers as recipients of 1987 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.

Administered by the National Science Foundation, the Presidential Awards are based on each teacher’s classroom performance, effectiveness in fostering student achievement, and professional activities.

Candidates for the awards were nominated by colleagues, administrators, students, and parents of students, and were selected by a national panel of scientists and educators. Winners in science and math were chosen from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the U.S. Territories.

This year’s recipients will receive, in addition to a Presidential citation, a $5,000 nsf grant and an expense-paid trip to Washington, where they will be honored during a reception at the National Academy of Sciences and a dinner at the State Department.

The following teachers were cited:

Alabama: Dorothy E. Dale, science, Huntsville High School, Huntsville; Patricia P. Cassady, math, Thurgood Marshall Middle School, Evergreen. Alaska: Gary A. Laursen, science, West Valley High School, Fairbanks; Sandra M. Schoff, math, West Anchorage High School, Anchorage. Arizona: Donald F. Galen, science, Central High School, Phoenix; John M. Jensen, math, Horizon High School, Scottsdale. Arkansas: Rudolf H. Timmerman, science, Newark High School, Newark; Shari Wilson, math, North Pulaski High School, Jacksonville. California: Paul Robinson, science, Edison Computech High School, Fresno; Ronald E. Smith, math, Bishop Union High School, Bishop.

Colorado: Edward L. Waterman, science, Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins; Althea G. Pearlman, math, Boulder High School, Boulder. Connecticut: Barbara M. Hilli, science, Stratford High School, Stratford; Linda N. Raffles, math, Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury. Delaware: Margaret Christoph, science, St. Mark’s High School, Wilmington; Linda B. Selwood, math, Brandywine High School, Wilmington. District of Columbia: John O. Thayer, science, Frank W. Ballou Senior High School, Washington; Sue P. White, math, Jefferson Junior High School, Washington. Department of Defense Dependents Schools: Dan D. Holmquist, science, Frankfurt American High School, West Germany; Nancy Lee W. Hill, math, Seoul American High School, South Korea.

Florida: Roderick S. Dickens Jr., science, N.B. Forrest High School, Jacksonville; Susan A. Englert, math, Largo Senior High School, Largo. Georgia: Daniela M. Taylor, science, Norcross High School, Norcross; Pamela W. Coffield, math, Brookstone School, Columbus. Hawaii: Jo Y. Kanehiro, science, W.R. Farrington High School, Honolulu; Lawrence S. Braden, math, Iolani School, Honolulu. Idaho: Frank Ireton, science, Mountain Home AFB Junior High School, Mountain Home AFB; Ahmad H. Dolkhani, math, Pocatello High School, Pocatello. Illinois: Ruth Rand, science, The Latin School of Chicago, Chicago; John Benson, math, Evanston Township High School, Evanston.

Indiana: Diane W. Burnett, science, Warren Central High School, Indianapolis; Allan R. Weinheimer, math, North Central High School, Indianapolis. Iowa: Sandra J. Walton, science, Dubuque Senior High School, Dubuque; David C. Griffin, math, Bettendorf Middle School, Bettendorf. Kansas: Donna S. Cooper, science, Hays High School, Hays; Nick Dolloff, math, Minneapolis High School, Minneapolis. Kentucky: Raymond E. Farrar, science, Atherton High School, Louisville; Donn R. Manker, math, Campbell County High School, Alexandria. Louisiana: Murray P. Pendarvis, science, Doyle High School, Livingston; Virginia Stallings-Roberts, math, Louisiana School for Math, Science, and Arts, Natchitoches.

Maine: Richard C. Weirich, science, South Portland High School, South Portland; David Heckman, math, Monmouth Academy, Monmouth. Maryland: Janet M. Owens, science, Catoctin High School, Thurmont; Jahn W. Buhrman, math, Westminster High School, Westminster. Massachusetts: Joseph W. MacQuade Jr., science, Marblehead High School, Marblehead; Betty Kantrowitz, math, Newton South High School, Newton Centre. Michigan: Kathleen M. Scullen, science, Novi Middle School, Novi; Elizabeth L. Moore, math, Saline Middle and High Schools, Saline. Minnesota: Steven D. Ethen, science, Burnsville High School, Burnsville; Edwin D. Anderson, math, Southwest High School, Minneapolis.

Mississippi: Sandra H. Harpole, science, West Point High School, West Point; Karen Fayard, math, Biloxi High School, Biloxi. Missouri: Claudia K. Viehland, science, Chaminade College Prep, St. Louis; Nancy Jo Crisler, math, St. Charles West High School, St. Charles. Montana: Gil R. Alexander, science, Helena High School, Helena; Sue Dolezal, math, Sentinel High School, Missoula. Nebraska: Mary A. Kubovy, science, Benson High School, Omaha; Karen S. Ward, math, Lincoln Southeast High School, Lincoln. Nevada: Andree P. Reed, science, Chaparral High School, Las Vegas; Bobbie S. Poole, math, South Nevada Vocational Technical Center, Las Vegas.

New Hampshire: Terry Thompson, science, Richmond Middle School, Hanover; Judith A. Mulvey, math, Spaulding High School, Rochester. New Jersey: Alan L. Schwartz, science, Holmdel High School, Holmdel; James H. Blake, math, Newark Academy, Livingston. New Mexico: Larry D. Powell, science, Dora Consolidated Schools, Dora; Catherine E. Strong, math, Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos. New York: George H. Stevens, science, Lansing High School, Lansing; Joseph Quartararo, math, Northport High School, Northport. North Carolina: Helen M. Stone, science, Ben L. Smith High School, Greensboro; Jean F. Taylor, math, John T. Hoggard High School, Wilmington.

North Dakota: Michael T. Burton, science, Agassiz Junior High School, Fargo; James E. Lundstrom, Mandan High School, Mandan. Ohio: Richard D. Heckathorn, science, Midpark High School, Middleburg Heights; Susan E. Macintyre, math, Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati. Oklahoma: Celia J. Hawk, science, MacArthur High School, Lawton; Judy Hisaw, math, Roff High School, Roff. Oregon: Ronald J. Zaraza, science, Woodrow Wilson High School, Portland; Fred Rectanus, math, George Middle School, Portland. Pennsylvania: John Hnatow Jr., science, Emmaus High School, Emmaus; Joanne E. Meldon, math, Taylor Allderdice High School, Pittsburgh.

Puerto Rico: Aurea B. Saez, science, Francisco Morales High School, Naranjito; Jose L.T. Soto, math, Domingo Aponte Collazo High School, Lares. Rhode Island: Nancy Nowak, science, Nathan Bishop Middle School, Providence; Mary J. McNulty, math, East Greenwich High School, East Greenwich. South Carolina: Michael H. Farmer, science, Riverside High School, Greer; Jean U. Phillips, math, Walhalla High School, Walhalla. South Dakota: Janet Palmer, science, Warner School District #6-5, Warner; Marla Walz, math, Pierre Junior High School, Pierre. Tennessee: Diane M. Jernigan, science, Trezevant Vocational Technical Center, Memphis; Ona W. McNabb, math, Riverdale High School, Murfreesboro.

Texas: Adriano M. Gonzalez, science, Oliver W. Holmes High School, San Antonio; Susan G. Blumenthal, math, Quail Valley Junior High School, Missouri City. U.S. Territories: Sheila Muniappan, science, George Washington Senior High School, Barrigada, Guam; Guadalupe C. Sabino, math, Hopwood Junior High School, Saipan, CM. Utah: Linda J. Preston, science, Park City High School, Park City; Steven T. Cottrell, math, Woods Cross High School, Woods Cross. Vermont: Carolyn M. Silsby, science, Montpelier High School, Montpelier; William E. Baker, math, Lanoille Union, Hyde Park. Virginia: Rebecca R. Dewey, science, Falls Church High School, Falls Church; Panayiotis Pittas, math, Heritage High School, Lynchburg.

Washington: Jeffrey W. Morse, science, Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma; Thomas D. Seidenberg, math, Eisenhower Senior High School, Yakima. West Virginia: Mark T. Allen, science, Mount Hope Middle School, Mount Hope; Deloris J. Lipps, math, Wirt County High School, Elizabeth. Wisconsin: William R. Broniec, science, J.I. Case High School, Racine; John C. Burrill, math, Whitnall High School, Greenfield. Wyoming: Jennifer Grooms, science, Kelly Walsh High School, Casper; Princess Killebrew, math, Wyoming Indian Middle School, Ethete.


A version of this article appeared in the October 07, 1987 edition of Education Week as U.S. Honors Math, Science Teachers


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