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Botella named a Wisconsin finalist for Presidential Teaching Award

August 27, 2015

Juan Botella, a science teacher at Monona Grove High School who earned his teaching certification through UW-Madison’s School of Education in 2005, is one of six educators from Wisconsin who are finalists for a Presidential Teaching Award.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction made the announcement in a news release on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Presidential Teaching Award logoThe other Wisconsin finalists for the Presidential Teaching Awards, which are one of the nation’s highest honors for mathematics and science teachers, include:

• Scott Anderson of Brodhead, Juda High School (mathematics);

• Candice Behnke of Lena, Oconto Falls High School, (science);

• John Hayes, Northland Pines High School, Eagle River (mathematics);

• Amy Traynor, DeLong Middle School, Eau Claire (mathematics);

• Mary Walz, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac (mathematics).

“Presidential Teaching Award finalists bring mathematics and science alive in the classroom, which is so important to our kids,” State Superintendent Tony Evers says in the news release. “This program brings needed recognition to the work of our teachers and their dedication to students and the teaching profession.”

The news release goes on to explain: “Nominations for the award can be made by principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public. Nominees must complete an extensive written and video application that demonstrates their mastery of mathematics or science content; use of appropriate instructional methods and strategies; effective use of student assessments to evaluate, monitor, and improve student learning; reflective practice and life-long learning to improve teaching and student learning; and leadership in education outside the classroom.”

Applications for Wisconsin’s six finalists will be judged at the national level by a committee organized by the National Science Foundation. The panel may select one teacher of mathematics and one of science to receive Presidential Awards from each state and four U.S. jurisdictions. In addition to recognition and professional development events in Washington, D.C., winners receive $10,000 and a citation signed by the president.
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