Oklahoma teachers receive national awards in math, science

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Oklahoma teachers receive national awards in mathematics, science

 OKLAHOMA CITY (June 29, 2018) – Two Oklahoma teachers have been named recipients of the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST, established in 1983, is the highest recognition a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. 

Michelle Rahn of Will Rogers Junior High School in Claremore and Macey Stewart of Washington Elementary School in Norman will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Awardees also traveled to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony. 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister congratulated the finalists for their exceptional work raising student outcomes in math and science.

“Michelle and Macey represent the apex of quality instruction in science and mathematics,” Hofmeister said. “Because of their commitment to their craft, dedication to engaging all students and drive to discover creative classroom strategies, they are an inspiration to teachers and families. Their leadership is invaluable as Oklahoma progresses toward becoming a high-performing state in all-around academics and career-readiness.” 


Michelle Rahn

Michelle Rahn teaches sixth-grade science at Will Rogers Junior High in Claremore. Previously, she taught a kindergarten through fifth-grade science lab at Westside Elementary School and Central Upper Elementary School, also in Claremore. In the classroom, Rahn utilizes inquiry-based lessons where students’ innate curiosity leads them to investigate their natural world. In 2015, Michelle received a Fund for Teachers Fellowship, where she created a course of professional development related to science instruction. She was also selected to attend the Mickelson Exxon-Mobil Teacher Academy, where she received training in the relationships between scientific inquiry and mathematical problem solving.


Macey Stewart

Macey Stewart teaches second grade at Washington Elementary in Norman Public Schools. Morgan’s teaching philosophy includes building a solid academic foundation for her students, providing the education they deserve regardless of their background and making a difference in the world while raising a better generation for tomorrow. Morgan is a model math teacher in her district and trains others in effective teaching practices.