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Local JPS Teacher Earns National Recognition

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The Mississippi State Board of Education recognized the 2015-16 state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program on Thursday, August 18. The PAEMST Program is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

The PAEMST program, established in 1983 by the White House, allows each state to select up to five state finalists in mathematics and up to five state finalists in science. One of the state finalists in each content area will be selected as the Presidential Awardee for the state, which is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

Fourth and fifth grade Science teacher at Baker Elementary in Jackson Public Schools, Adrine Williams, is one of the four finalists. Williams, who has taught for 9 years, earned the B.S. in Biology and a Master’s degree in Education. She said she believes that her daily interaction with academics, coupled with love and care of students, will have a sizable impact on the leading scientists of tomorrow.

“Being selected as a state-level finalist gives me a feeling of thankfulness, as I am rejoicing with continuous enthusiasm towards teaching science to ensure a quality education while making sure students feel loved and accepted,” Williams said.

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