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Chets Creek math teacher among hundreds honored by Obama

213 STEM teachers receive Presidential Award for Excellence

Angela Phillips shown as she was honored as Elementary Math Educator of the Year by the Duval Elementary Math Council. (Chet's Creek Elementary photo)
Angela Phillips shown as she was honored as Elementary Math Educator of the Year by the Duval Elementary Math Council. (Chet's Creek Elementary photo)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A fifth-grade math teacher at Jacksonville's Chets Creek Elementary School is among 213 math and science teachers named Monday as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Angela Phillips is one of two Florida teachers who will join educators representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and Department of Defense Education Activity schools who will  receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8.

"The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our nation’s success,” President Barak Obama said. “As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills that help keep us on the cutting edge.”

The winners are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators after an initial selection process at the state level. Each nomination year of the award alternates between teachers in the kindergarten through sixth-grade levels, and those teaching seventh through 12th grades.

Winners receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion.