MONTPELIER — On July 1, the White House named Susan Abrams, a teacher at Montpelier High School, a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The Presidential Award is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science).
The White House has also issued a release on the newest awardees, which you can view here.
With this award, Abrams will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. During the annual recognition event, Abrams will participate with fellow awardees in professional development activities, network with fellow science, technology, engineering and math educators from across the nation, and receive a certificate signed by the president of the United States.
Sue Abrams has taught mathematics at Montpelier High School for the past 15 years, at Main Street Middle School for three years, and previously at West Linn High School, Ore., for nine years.
She teaches Foundations for Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Placement Calculus to 9th-12th grade students. She also mentors interns new to teaching mathematics.
As the Montpelier High School Mathematics Professional Learning Community leader, Sue co-developed an enduring mathematics intervention program, and she successfully initiated the creation of heterogeneously grouped geometry classes.
Sue has a B.A. in romance languages from Bowdoin College; a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Oregon; and an M.A.T in mathematics from Portland State University. She is certified in secondary school mathematics, French, and Spanish education.