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July 14, 2009

CCSD Teacher Wins Prestigious National Award

Mary Beth Meggett, fourth grade teacher at Stiles Point Elementary, has won the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. On Thursday, July 9, President Barack Obama announced that Mary Beth Meggett, a fourth grade teacher at Stiles Point Elementary, has won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Meggett is South Carolina's winner for science, and the annual award is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade math or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

"There is no higher calling than furthering the educational advancement of our nation's young people and encouraging and inspiring our next generation of leaders," Obama said. "These awards represent a heartfelt salute of appreciation to a remarkable group of individuals who have devoted their lives and careers to helping others and in doing so have helped us all."

Each year, a national panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators recommends up to 108 teachers to receive Presidential Awards – one math teacher and one science teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, US territories and schools operated by the Department of Defense Education Agency. South Carolina nominated five teachers for awards consideration this year.

Meggett will be honored at a White House ceremony in the fall. She will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and a Presidential citation.  She will also participate in a series of recognition events, information exchange programs, and visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders.

Enacted by Congress in 1983, the Presidential Awards program aims to expand and exemplify the definition of excellent science and mathematics teaching. Winners serve as models for their colleagues, inspirations to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Each year the award alternates, going either to science and math teachers in grades kindergarten through 6 (as it is this year) or to those teaching in grades 7 through 12.

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