WACO (August 12, 2014) Woodway Elementary teacher Nicole Grygar is a national finalist for the Presidential Award in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Gygar is among eight Texas teachers who are finalists for the honor.
“Math and science are critically important subjects, and these teachers clearly bring expertise and an excitement to their students each school day,” said Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams.
“I congratulate these finalists for this accomplishment and for spotlighting on a national level the outstanding work taking place in our classrooms,”
The award recognizes kindergarten through sixth grade math and science teachers for innovative methods that bring lessons to life in the classroom.
The winners, who will be announced next summer, will receive $10,000 citations signed by the president and a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. for recognition events.
2014 Texas Finalists In Elementary Mathematics
Anne Born (Richardson ISD) – Kindergarten mathematics teacher at Lake Highlands Elementary School
Jennifer Cundieff (Georgetown ISD) – Fifth-grade mathematics teacher at Raye McCoy Elementary School
Erika Hassay (Round Rock ISD) – First-grade mathematics teacher at Live Oak Elementary School
Suzanne Nguyen (Katy ISD) – Third-grade mathematics teacher at Roosevelt Alexander Elementary School
2014 Texas Finalists In Elementary Science
Lisa Baum (Fort Bend ISD) – Third-grade science teacher at Colony Meadows Elementary School
Nancy Gardner (Frisco ISD) – Fifth-grade science teacher at Elliott Elementary School
Nicole Grygar (Midway ISD) – K-4 Science Lab teacher at Woodway Elementary School
Celena Miller (Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD) – Science Lab teacher at Cesar Chavez Elementary School
(Source: Texas Education Agency)