BATON ROUGE – LSU University Laboratory School first-grade teacher Donna Lamonte was named as the math recipient of the 2012 Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from President Barack Obama.
“Receiving the Presidential Award is a confirmation and validation of my belief that the focus of a primary mathematics curriculum should be on teaching children how to think and reason logically about math,” Lamonte said. “I am honored that my work toward achieving this goal is being recognized with such a prestigious award. I also view this award as an opportunity for me to work with other dedicated educators to help shape the future of math instruction for young children.”
Winners receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation to be spent as they wish, along with a trip for two to Washington D.C. for a series of recognition events. The trip – which is scheduled for March 2-5 – will include a visit to the White House, an awards ceremony and banquet, a few days of professional development with the National Science Foundation and scheduled meetings with education leaders and policy makers.
“I take great pleasure in congratulating Mrs. Lamonte,” said Acting Director of the National Science Foundation, Cora Marrett, in a congratulatory letter. “This is the highest honor a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching.”