FIS teacher awarded Presidential Award

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The Fernley Reporter

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has announced that Ferney Intermediate School 6th grade teacher Arvella Jergesen and Kathleen Schaeffer from Henderson have each been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for 2014.

“The state of Nevada is incredibly proud of the impact Arvella and Kathleen are making for both our students and the future of science and mathematics education nationwide,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Nevada Superintendent of Public Education. “In addition to receiving an honor from the National Science Foundation, the highest authority on science in our nation, this award comes with a $10,000 award and a certificate signed by President Obama.”

Photo courtesy Fernley Intermediate School Fernley Intermediate School 6th grade teacher Arvella Jargesen is pictured with her Math/Science team. Pictured are from left to right: Scott Gillespie, Lila Wilkins, Dave Burns, Arvella Jergesen, Jessie Weller Stephanie Lotito and Kelly Ward.
Photo courtesy Fernley Intermediate School
Fernley Intermediate School 6th grade teacher Arvella Jergesen is pictured with her Math/Science team. Pictured are from left to right: Scott Gillespie, Lila Wilkins, Dave Burns, Arvella Jergesen, Jessie Weller Stephanie Lotito and Kelly Ward.

 

 

Jergesen and Schaeffer will join other awardees in Washington, D.C. for a series of events in their honor, including professional development opportunities, discussions with policy-makers on how to improve mathematics and science education, and an awards ceremony.

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The Nevada Department of Education also announced that Stephanie Vega, a sixth grade teacher from Lincoln Park Elementary school in Sparks and Shayla Taylor a first grade teacher from Alice Maxwell Elementary in Sparks have been selected as the Nevada State Mathematics finalists for PAEMST for 2016.

 

Note: in an earlier version of this story, Arvella Jergesen’s last name was mispelled.

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