January 11, 2010
Suzanne Monagan Pilon receives
Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science
Teaching; honored at Whitehouse Jan. 6, 2010
President Barack Obama named more than
100 science, math, and engineering teachers and mentors as
recipients of two prestigious Presidential Awards for
Excellence on July 9, 2009. The educators will receive their
awards in the Fall at a White House ceremony. Hilton's Quest
Elementary School Primary Multi-Age Teacher Suzanne Pilon
was named a winner of the President Award for Excellence in
Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Mrs. Pilon's classroom website at Quest Elementary.
The Presidential Award for Excellence
in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to
the best pre-college-level science and math teachers from
across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of
distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators
following an initial selection process done at the state
level. Each year the award alternates, going either to
science and math teachers in grades K through 6 (as it is
this year) or to those teaching in grades 7 through 12.
Whitehouse Press Release
Winners of the Presidential Teaching
Award receive $10,000 awards from the National Science
Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive
an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a White House
awards ceremony and several days of educational and
celebratory events, including visits with members of
Congress and science agency leaders.
"There is no higher calling than
furthering the educational advancement of our nationís young
people and encouraging and inspiring our next generation of
leaders," President Obama said. "These awards represent a
heartfelt salute of appreciation to a remarkable group of
individuals who have devoted their lives and careers to
helping others and in doing so have helped us all."
In addition, the Presidential Award for
Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
was also announced with the award each year going to
individuals or organizations, recognizes the crucial role
that mentoring plays in the academic and personal
development of students studying science or engineering and
who belong to minorities that are underrepresented in those
fields. Mrs. Pilon may be reached at 585-392-1000 ext.
For the official Whitehouse