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Hawai‘i teachers presented with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in Washington on Friday, from left, Alicia Nakamitsu, Bryan Silver, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2), Eliza Yoshida, Stan Mesina.
Hawai‘i teachers presented with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in Washington on Friday, from left, Alicia Nakamitsu, Bryan Silver, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2), Eliza Yoshida, Stan Mesina.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 10, 2016) — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) on Friday recognized Hawaiʻi teachers selected for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and presented them with a Congressional certificate.

Five Hawaiʻi teachers were amongst the 213 math and science teachers around the country selected for the award. The 2016 Hawaiʻi awardees are:

  • Alicia Nakamitsu, Aiea High School
  • Eliza Yoshida, Pu’u Kukui Elementary School
  • Stan Mesina, August Ahrens Elementary School
  • Bryan Silver, Kalani High School
  • Patricia Urasky, Waimea High School

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process at the state level. Awards were given to K-12 teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, and the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands). Each awardee received a citation signed by President Obama, a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, and travel to Washington, DC for an award ceremony held yesterday.

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