LITTLE ROCK — Teachers at Lake Hamilton and Poyen high schools were named Wednesday as recipients of the annual Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

LITTLE ROCK — Teachers at Lake Hamilton and Poyen high schools were named Wednesday as recipients of the annual Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.


Brian Leonard of Lake Hamilton High School and Amanda Jones of Poyen High School are among 108 math and science teachers from across the country chosen for the honor, according to a White House news release.


The winners will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, to be used at their discretion. They also will be invited to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., later this summer.


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