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Alum Wins Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science

Jeremi (Heiney '88) Wonch is one of two Kansas teachers winning a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Chosen by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators, the recipients receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

According to the NSF, the award is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Enacted by Congress in 1983, this program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Teachers are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. In addition to honoring individual achievement, the goal of the award program is to exemplify the highest standards of mathematics and science teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. This award is managed by NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

Wonch is a 7th grade science teacher at Indian Trail Middle School in Olathe. Wonch graduated from MNU in 1988 with an elementary education degree, and earned a Master of Education from MNU in 2005. She has taught for 26 years. 

Wonch and the other Kansas winner, Patrick Flynn, a math teacher from Olathe East High School will travel to Washington, DC, later this summer for an awards ceremony. 

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