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St. Thomas-St. John District Teachers Receive Prestigious Presidential Award in Math and Science

[2019.11.08, Fri 00:03] ST. THOMAS - Shernore Prince, a third grade math teacher at Joseph Sibilly Elementary School, and Crystal Vanterpool-Richardson, a science teacher at Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, were recent recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for 2018 and 2017, respectively, topping teachers from other U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marinara Islands and American Samoa, the Department of Education has announced. The St. Thomas-St. John District teachers travelled to Washington, D.C., October 15-19 to be recognized along with other math and science teachers from the 50 states. Each awardee received a citation signed by President Trump and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The PAEMST program, administered by the NSF on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science, according to NSF, according to D.O.E. Prince and Vanterpool-Richardson's awards were officially announced by the NSF in October 2019 due to a White House back log from 2016. Prince, the 2018-2019 St. Thomas-St. John District Teacher of the Year, is now in her eighth year of teaching at Sibilly Elementary, where she has taught both third and sixth grade math and science. Prince, who works closely with her Sibilly Elementary colleagues to share ideas and feedback on instruction, data and other school-related matters, said while her focus will always remain on her students, she looks forward to eventually moving out of the classroom into a district role that would allow her to use her skills to benefit more students in the district. Vanterpool-Richardson, who has been teaching secondary science for nine years, likened the award to that of receiving a medal of honor.
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