WASHINGTON, D.C. – Debrah Snook, a teacher at Philip High School, has won the mathematics portion of the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in South Dakota. Applicants submitted a non-edited video of a classroom lesson, as well as responses to a series of essay questions about effective teaching. The honor includes a certificate signed by President Barack Obama, a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., that includes professional development sessions and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Amy Boutchee, a mathematics teacher at T.F. Riggs High School, was one of the finalists for the award, as was Kristi Lutgen of Deubrook Area Schools. Paul Kuhlman, of Avon High School, won the portion of the award devoted to science teaching in the state.
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