Congratulations to Eric Imbrescia and Susan Eckenrode on their selection as state-level finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching! Mr. Imbrescia, a teacher at Peak View Elementary School, was selected for K-6 mathematics teaching, and Ms. Eckenrode, a teacher at John Wayland Elementary School, was selected for K-6 science teaching.
The Presidential Awards are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
“Eric is an outstanding mathematics educator and mentor for his colleagues. He asks his students rigorous questions and plans content-rich activities which allow students to explore, reason, explain, collaborate, and make connections among mathematical topics. He incorporates everything one would hope to see in a math classroom, and it shows in his students’ enthusiasm, engagement, and success with math. He has shared his expertise through many presentations and inservices for teachers throughout Rockingham County and across the state. JMU benefitted from his math-teaching prowess this past spring, as he taught a math methods course for future teachers. His impact on math education has been felt throughout RCPS, and we are proud of his many accomplishments!” praised Jenny Gibson, Coordinator of Mathematics for RCPS.
Tammy Stone, RCPS Coordinator of Science, described Ms. Eckenrode as “an exemplary science teacher and STEM leader in Rockingham County. She does integrative STEM lessons on a weekly basis by weaving all of her subjects together to create a rich tapestry of learning in her classroom. John Wayland Elementary has been a Virginia Naturally school for the past 14 years largely due to Susan’s passion for environmental education and problem-based learning. Susan is always willing to share her skills and ideas with other teachers, often presenting at conferences and James Madison Content Teaching Academy. Rockingham County Public Schools is lucky to have her passion for STEM and helping her students develop into successful, and passionate learners.”
As state-level finalists, Mr. Imbrescia and Ms. Eckenrode’s applications will be forwarded to the National Science Foundation’s national selection committee for consideration. The national selection committee chooses one state-level finalist in mathematics and one state-level finalist in science from each state to receive the Presidential Award. Teachers selected as Presidential Awardees will receive a gift of $10,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., where they will be honored in a variety of ceremonies.
We wish Mr. Imbrescia and Ms. Eckenrode the best of luck in the final stage of the PAEMST process and congratulate them for their passion for math and science education and their dedication to Rockingham County students!