Janice Mak receives Presidential Award for math, science excellence

Janice Mak (submitted photo)

Janice Mak (submitted photo)

Janice Mak, a gifted teacher on assignment, was selected as one of 213 recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Ms. Mak along with the other educators will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 8, according to a press release.

“Janice is an extraordinary leader both in and out of the classroom. We are extremely proud of the work that she does on behalf of students in PVSchools each and every day. This is a great honor for Janice and the entire PVSchools community,” said Superintendent Dr. James P. Lee, in the release.

According to the press release issued by the White House, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country.

Winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year, the award alternates between kindergarten through sixth grade teachers and seventh through 12th grade teachers.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, as well as educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the administration.

Since 1983, more than 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom.

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