ANKENY, Iowa (September 15, 2015) - Ankeny Community School
District seventh-grade science teacher Lynne Bleeker is one of five Iowa
teachers who have been named state finalists for the Presidential Award
for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
are proud that Lynne has this opportunity to represent her
work and the work of her Ankeny colleagues at the state and national
level," said Jeff Schumacher, Parkview Middle School Principal. "We
have outstanding science teachers in Ankeny dedicated to the proposition
that students deserve access to engaging and rigorous science
education. The work our Ankeny science teachers do with students,
inside and outside our classrooms, ensures that our students can achieve
their dreams of becoming engineers, scientists, consumers of science
news, and advocates for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional
program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Since the program's
inception, more than 4,300 teachers have been recognized for their contributions
in the classroom and to their profession.
"There is no one magic formula for how to be a
great educator," said Bleeker, a 25-year teaching veteran. "To reach
today's students, a teacher needs to know how to use a vast array of
resources, be endlessly patient, have a sense of humor and genuinely
care about students."
Bleeker will also be recognized this weekend by the Iowa Academy of Science during their annual conference in West Des Moines.
three science finalists are: Lynne Bleeker, Parkview Middle School;
Shannon Harrison McLaughlin, Norwalk High School; Alicia D. Schiller,
Central Lee High School.
The two math finalists are: Rick Brooks, Johnston High School; Curtis Martinek, Gilbert High School.
talent and commitment shown by these teachers is inspiring," said Iowa
Department of Education Director Ryan Wise. "They will help lead the way
as Iowa grows its commitment to science, technology, engineering and
Two award-winners may be selected to represent Iowa. The winners receive $10,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence recognize math and science teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade.