Two teachers at high schools in Tarrant County are among six state finalists for an award that recognizes exemplary teaching in math and science, the Texas Education Agency announced Tuesday.
The 2011 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching honors teachers in grades seven through 12 who use innovative methods for instruction in their classrooms.
Jill Stevens is among three Texas finalists who teach secondary math. Stevens teaches Advanced Placement calculus, algebra II and International Baccalaureate courses at Trinity High School in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district.
Other Texas math finalists are Dixie Ross at Pflugerville High School and Cynthia Knowles at Eisenhower Senior High School in Aldine school district.
Gianluca Corsi, who teaches environmental science at Haltom High School in the Birdville school district, is among three finalists who teach secondary science.
Other Texas science finalists are Joy Killough of Westwood High School in Round Rock schools and Mary Tykoski at Cooper Junior High School in Wylie school district.
The program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. One math and one science teacher from each state will be chosen for the national award after a review by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators. Each winner will get $10,000, an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. and other prizes.
Teachers of students in kindergarten through sixth grade will be eligible for the accolades next year.