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CEHD alums given Presidential Award

Two College of Education and Human Development alumni are the recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, which recognizes two outstanding K-12 math and science teachers from each state.

As Georgia’s awardees, Pauline Henry (B.S.E. ’95) and Valerie Jones (M.Ed. ’03) will be invited to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., meet with members of the president’s administration and receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion.

Jones teaches pre-algebra, algebra and geometry for sixth through eighth graders at Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta and regularly incorporates performing arts, real-world connections and video games into lessons. She has created teaching modules for Teach for America and presented at educational technology conventions in England and the U.S.

Henry teaches middle grades science at Luke Garrett Middle School in Austell, Ga., and co-authored a Promising Practices Grant that established an after-school STEM program for students. She has developed advanced curriculum content for physical science as a teacher leader in a math-science partnership project and currently serves as a master teacher leader for an innovative summer science camp.

For more information about the award, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/02/president-obama-honors-outstanding-mathematics-and-science-teachers.