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DoDEA Pacific teachers become state-level finalists in National awards program

For Immediate Release — April 24, 2013 | Pacific
: Public Affairs Specialist | DSN: 644-5657

OKINAWA, JAPAN — April 24, 2013 — Three Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific teachers were recently selected as state-level finalists in The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching—an honor awarded to the most distinguished mathematics and science teachers in the United States.

Marilyn Lea Hawks, a 3rd grade teacher at Bechtel Elementary School in Okinawa, Japan; John Murphy, a 7th grade teacher at Yokosuka Middle School in Yokosuka, Japan; and Jean Marie Tuquero, a 1st grade teacher at McCool Elementary and Middle School in Guam were chosen by selection committees composed of prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science educators, school district level personnel, and classroom teachers.

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Marilyn Lea Hawks, 3rd grade teacher at Bechtel Elementary School in Okinawa, Japan, was recently selected as a state-level finalist in The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)—an honor awarded to the most distinguished math and science teachers in the U.S.

 

Hawks said the PAEMST program application process helped refine her teaching skills, which has benefited her students.

“I am passionate about exposing children to science daily,” said Hawks, who has been teaching for 36 years. “My classroom is filled with living critters, rocks, magnets, microscopes, and all things science, and we are constantly asking questions and exploring the world around us.”

Teachers can self-nominate or be nominated by others and as part of the selection process, each applicant must submit ample evidence of their content knowledge and teaching capabilities. The application process includes three letters of recommendation, a resume, a written narrative on a chosen topic or concept, and a video component consisting of a recorded classroom lesson aligned to the chosen narrative topic or concept.

All applicants are evaluated through the five Dimensions of Outstanding Teaching:

  • Mastery of mathematics or science content appropriate for the grade level taught. 
  • Use of instructional methods and strategies that are appropriate for students in the class and that support student learning. 
  • Effective use of student assessments to evaluate, monitor, and improve student learning.
  • Reflective practice and life-long learning to improve teaching and student learning.
  • Leadership in education outside the classroom

“Although many people focus on grades these days, I still emphasize thinking skills which is something that can be taught in math but used everywhere else,” said Murphy, who has been teaching for 10 years. “We really cannot predict what instruments the students will use in the workforce. However, I can use performance goals in conjunction with content-specific goals to help students be adaptable to whatever the future holds.”

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John Murphy, 7th grade teacher at Yokosuka Middle School in Yokosuka, Japan,, was recently selected as a state-level finalist in The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)—an honor awarded to the most distinguished math and science teachers in the U.S.

 

Tuquero said she is motivated to constantly follow her own curiosity about ways to infuse more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in her classroom. 

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Ms. Jean Marie Tuquero, 1st grade teacher at McCool Elementary and Middle School in Guam, was recently selected as a state-level finalist in The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)—an honor awarded to the most distinguished math and science teachers in the U.S.

 

“This program supports the forward-thinking STEM initiatives while embracing 21st century ideals of collaboration and higher-level thinking,” said Tuquero, who has been teaching for 20 years. “All participants— from teachers to students— embrace the potential of shared planning and shared roles when problem solving using the engineering design. We all recognize that we generate better products through co-creation and leveraging expertise … stumbling upon unforeseen discoveries along the way while having fun!”

The applications for the state-level finalists were sent to the National Science Foundation who bring together a national selection committee composed of prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science educators, district level personnel, and classroom teachers to review the applications of the state finalists and recommends up to two finalists in mathematics or science (including computer science) from each state or jurisdiction. The Director of NSF then submits the recommendations to the Director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Presidential Awardees will be notified officially by the White House at the end of May.

About PAEMST

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals.

Source: https://www.paemst.org/

About DoDEA Pacific:

The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, Department of Defense schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America’s heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific’s 49 schools serve over 23,500 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,300 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.

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