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Ronda Champion Chosen as State Finalist for 2015 Presidential Teaching Award

posted Dec 4, 2015, 5:44 AM by Greg Shull
Ronda Champion, a Chemistry teacher at Crest High School, has been selected as a North Carolina State Finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

Champion, a teacher at the Crest High School for the last 9 years, is now one of four North Carolina secondary school science teachers eligible to receive a PAEMST award, the nation’s highest honor for U.S. K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

“It was one of the coolest experiences of my life and such a validation of my career,” said Champion.

Commonalities among PAEMST awardees have been shown to include devoting more time to professional development, incorporating innovative approaches into their classroom teaching, and using technological resources in their classrooms. Champion is one of seven State Finalists - three mathematics and four science teachers - chosen from over 200 State nominees. As a State Finalist, she was recognized by the North Carolina Science Teachers Association in November at their annual Professional Development Institute in Winston-Salem, by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction at an awards reception held on December 2 at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in Research Triangle Park, and by the North Carolina State Board of Education at their meeting held in Raleigh on December 3. 

“Mrs. Champion continues to excel in her classroom and provides exceptional learning experiences for her students,” said Superintendent Dr. Stephen Fisher. “She is a tremendous person and great advocate for what is right with public education and Cleveland County Schools.”

Join us in congratulations Mrs. Champion for representing Cleveland County Schools as a top educator in the state of North Carolina.

About the PAEMST Program
Each year, a national committee of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators recommends up to 108 teachers to receive the PAEMST awards. Up to two teachers – mathematics or science - from each State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories as a group, and schools operated in the United States and overseas by the Department of Defense Education Activity receive the award. Teachers who are selected as PAEMST awardees receive a trip to Washington, D.C., where they attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities. They also receive a $10,000 award, and a Presidential certificate.