Science & math award finalists honored

Finalist Elizabeth Vickery (center) with former science finalist Margo Murphy (left) and Maine DOE Science and Technology Specialist Anita Bernhardt.
Finalist Elizabeth Vickery (center) with 1994 PAEMST awardee Margo Murphy (left) and Maine DOE Science and Technology Specialist Anita Bernhardt.

Four state finalists for the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching were recognized at a dinner held in their honor on Nov. 9.

The four Maine finalists are Lauree Gott, a science teacher at Veazie Community School; Sally Plourde, a second grade teacher at Prides Corner School in Westbrook; Elizabeth Vickery, a kindergarten teacher at Cushing Community School; and Karen Jagolinzer, a fifth grade teacher at Frank H. Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth.

The event was held at the Maple Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast & Inn in Hallowell. Approximately 35 people were present, including keynote speaker Tanna Clews, the executive director of Educate Maine; past PAEMST awardees; and members of the State Board of Education.

The National Science Foundation, which is known for its rigorous selection process, will select up to one mathematics and one science winner per state to be recognized next spring in Washington, D.C.

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