White House honors 4 Oregon math-science teachers

Maureen Murphy-Foelkl, Sarah Luvaas, Katharine Dean and Brian Hanna honored with award

(L-R) Maureen Murphy-Foelkl, Brian Hanna, Katharine Dean and Sarah Luvaas earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. (NSF)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Maureen Murphy-Foelkl, Sarah Luvaas, Katharine Dean and Brian Hanna probably won’t be teaching in their classrooms on September 8. Instead, they’ll be meeting President Obama in Washington that day being recognized as the outstanding math and science teachers in Oregon.

About the Math-Science Award

They, along with 211 other math and science teachers in the US, earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The White House announced the recipients early Monday.

The award honors K-12 teachers who are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators. Each teacher will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and are invited to DC for the ceremony.

Maureen Murphy-Foelkl, who teaches at Chapman Hill Elementary School in Salem, and Sarah Luvaas of Redland Elementary School in Oregon City, were chosen for their work in K-6. Katharine Dean at Centennial High School in Gresham and Brian Hanna of Newport High School were honored for their work in grades 7-12.

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