Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) released the following statement after President Obama announced this year's Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching recipients from Delaware -- Carrie Barber of Wilmington and Kelly Green of Middletown.
"Every day teachers in the science, math and engineering fields are preparing young Delawareans for the jobs of the future," said Sen. Kaufman. "We need more scientists and engineers working to develop next generation technologies and ideas that will spur real economic growth in Delaware and across the United States. Carrie Barber and Kelly Green have helped create an environment within Delaware's education system that will encourage students to continue their studies in the STEM fields."
STEM -- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics -- has become a major focus of attention in Delaware schools. Carrie Barber teaches mathematics at Delcastle Technical High School in the New Castle County Vo-Tech School District. Kelly Green teaches science at Alfred Waters Middle School in the Appoquinimink School District.
The educators will receive their awards in Washington, D.C. later this year. The prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to the best pre-college-level science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between mathematics and science educators teaching Kindergarten through sixth grade, and those teaching seventh through 12th grades. This year it goes to teachers teaching seventh through 12th grades.
Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders.
As the only serving Senator who worked as an engineer, Sen. Kaufman has advocated for a renewed emphasis on science, engineering, and innovation to meet the increasing challenges of a competitive global economy. In April 2010, he received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' prestigious President's Award, presented to companies and individuals who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession.