State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced Monday that six mathematics and science teachers, including an educator at a San Diego school, are finalists from California for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Brian Shay, who works at Canyon Crest Academy in the San Dieguito Union High School District, is among the mathematics finalists. Shay has been teaching for 17 years and is currently the Mathematics Department chair at his school.
Shay, who has taught mathematics courses ranging from Algebra 1 and Integrated Mathematics 1 to Advanced Placement Calculus BC and Calculus 3/Linear Algebra, is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the country. He received the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Inspirational Teacher Award in 2014, and two years later received an award for Distinguished Mathematics Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America.
The PAEMST program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Presidential Award recipients are honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., and receive a $10,000 special award from the NSF.
Awards are given to teachers who teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Department of Defense schools, and four U.S. territories, which are recognized as a group.
“These teachers are bright stars in our educational system, and they’re being nominated for this prestigious award because they serve as role models for other teachers, inspire students to study math and science, and serve as leaders in their school communities,” Thurmond said. “We want more teachers like them all across California so that all students can enroll in great STEAM and computer science programs to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.”
— City News Service
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