Princess Anne High School science teacher Dr. Camilla Walck is among 213 mathematics and science teachers named by President Obama as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
In a press release issued by the White House Aug. 22, President Obama said, “The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our Nation’s success. As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills that help keep us on the cutting-edge.”
Walck, a National Board Certified Teacher, has taught science at Princess Anne High School for 21 years, including earth science, environmental science, biology, Middle Years Program (MYP) biology and International Baccaulaureate (IB) biology. In addition to teaching college-level education and science courses and presenting at conferences, Walck is a published author of journal articles and an IB biology review book.
According to the PAEMST website, the award “is the highest recognition a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science (including computer science) teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.” Following an initial selection process at the state level, the national winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators. The recipients represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools.
Awardees will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Sept. 8 and receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. A complete list of PAEMST recipients is available online at recognition.paemst.org/awardees_all.
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