McDowell selected as state finalist for national math and science teaching award

Dianna McDowell, an eighth-grade science teacher at Old Donation School, is one of seven teachers selected as Virginia finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The PAEMST program was established by the White House in 1983 and is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology.  The program identifies outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools.

From the four science teachers and three math teachers selected as 2017 Virginia finalists, a national committee will choose up to two national-level awardees (one in math and one in science) to represent the Commonwealth. National awardees receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to use at their discretion and an all-expense paid trip to recognition events and other activities in Washington, D.C.

McDowell and her fellow finalists will be recognized by the Virginia Board of Education at a future meeting and a White House announcement of the national PAEMST honorees is expected in August.

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