LITTLE ROCK - Four Arkansas teachers are among the national 2014 and 2015 winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the state Department of Education said Monday.
Diedre Young, a science teacher at Ridgway Christian High School in Pine Bluff, and Daniel Moix, a computer science education specialist and former computer science teacher at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs, are 2015 winners, the agency said.
Ashley Kasnicka, a math teacher at Harvey Jones Elementary School in Springdale, and Cassie Kautzer, a science teacher previously at Monitor Elementary School and now at Hellstern Middle School, both in Springdale, are 2014 winners.
The award recognizes public school teachers who have demonstrated their commitment to professional development, innovative teaching techniques and technology use. The National Science Foundation oversees the award program on behalf of the White House.
“In order for Arkansas to continue building momentum in science, technology engineering and mathematics education, we need a solid corps of teachers who can both teach effectively and be creative about getting our students interested in STEM fields,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement.
“Daniel Moix, Diedre Young, Cassie Kautzer and Ashley Kasnicka are four teachers who are setting a great example in how to do just that. I am proud that their hard work and success have been honored by the president and the National Science Foundation. I look forward to seeing the profound impact these teachers will continue to have on Arkansas’ students,” he said.
A national committee made up of scientists, mathematicians and educators chose 2o13 teachers nationwide to receive the 2014 and 2015 awards. The honorees will each receive a presidential citation, a $10,000 award and a trip to Washington, D.C., for professional-development activities and an awards ceremony.