Presidential honors go to Dunwoody and Augusta teachers

Congratulations to math teacher Linda Fountain of Rollins Elementary School in Augusta and science teacher Amanda McGehee, Dunwoody Elementary School 2010-11 Teacher of the Year.

They are among the 85 math and science teachers President Obama announced today as winners of the  Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The annual awards are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians, and educators following a state selection process.

Winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation  and travel to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

9 comments Add your comment

Ernest

April 28th, 2011
3:02 pm

Congratulations to both teachers! This is the kind of story about DeKalb that I enjoy reading. There are many successes happening daily in our classrooms. Mr. McGehee is one of the many teachers making it happen.

Dekalbite

April 28th, 2011
4:14 pm

Congratulations to Ms. Fountain and Ms. McGehee!

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

April 28th, 2011
4:16 pm

CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Fountain and Ms. McGehee!

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

April 28th, 2011
4:24 pm

Let’s remember that these two teachers represent the thousands of competent teachers who work hard every day, often under trying conditions, to help our kids learn.

Just Saying It Like It Is

April 28th, 2011
4:33 pm

Congrats but I want to say as for elementary teachers one of the very best is Mr. Farrell at Cary Reynolds Elementary in Doraville. Whether Title 1 schools were considered is anyone’s guess.

Just Saying It Like It Is

April 28th, 2011
4:33 pm

Mr. Farrell teaches Science and does a fantastic job.

Ernest

April 28th, 2011
5:21 pm

Everyone was to kind to ignore that I accidentally said Mr. McGehee when I should have said Ms. McGehee. Please forgive the typo.

I agree with Dr. Spinks, both ladies represent thousands of competent teachers in our state, region, and country. We do appreciate what you do for our children.

Ole Guy

April 29th, 2011
10:37 am

I am certain these fine teachers, like many of their peers, are great teachers. However, is recent history offers any clue as to just how much these teachers are REALLY…I mean REALLY…appreciated, lets revisit the “layoffs”, not all that long ago, of honors-winning teachers.

Not one to cast rain on the parade of others, but it seems that, in recent months/years, buttloads of teachers everywhere have been the recipients of “top o’the heap” honors. Could this phenomenon lend credence to the phrase “HONORS AND TITLES IN LIEU OF MONEY”? It would appear that “grade inflation”, within the hallowed halls of public education, may not be limited to the students.

Ole Guy

April 29th, 2011
10:45 am

The congratulatory remarks observed within these comments are, I am quite certain, heart-felt. However, given just about any other profession, if the practitioners of those professions received all these acolades in the absence of any meaningful monetary rewards, and in the stiffling working conditions which have become those of the teacher corps, these “award winners” would, in very short order, say “WAIT JUST ONE DAMN MINUTE…WHON HELL DO YOU THINK YOU’RE KIDDING”?