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Two Knox County Schools’ Teachers Finalists for Presidential Award

 Nicole Resmondo
 Nicole Resmondo
 
 Karla Flutz
 Karla Fultz
Two teachers in the Knox County Schools have been named as state finalists in the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Nicole Resmondo, science teacher at Gresham Middle School, and Karla Fultz, science teacher at A.L. Lotts Elementary School, will now be considered by a national selection committee for the Presidential Award, the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science.
 
The Presidential Award recognizes teachers who develop and implement a high quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Recipients of this prestigious honor serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Each year, the President of the United States is authorized to bestow up to 108 awards in mathematics and science teachers on behalf of Congress, who established the award in 1983.
 
Each award winner receives a certificate signed by the President; a paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. In addition, the program provides teachers with an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

In 2013, President Barak Obama named a Knox County Schools math teacher, Amber Hodge, as a recipient of the national award. Hodge teaches at Rocky Hill Elementary School.