Ruth Named Finalist for Presidential Award

Ruth Named Finalist for Presidential Award
Posted on 08/11/2016
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From left to right: Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools; Shirlyn Ross, Young Elementary principal; Ruth and Dr. Karen Hickman, deputy superintendent of academic achievement.

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Young Elementary teacher Misty Ruth named top finalist in the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Young Elementary kindergarten teacher Misty Ruth has been named one of ten finalists in the state for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

A teacher with Pasadena ISD for nearly twenty years, Ruth is excited about this nomination.

“It’s such an honor to be recognized as a top math teacher,” Ruth said. “I look around at some of the educators I work with and know throughout the district and I see what an awesome job they do in the classroom. It feels amazing to be among all of these great teachers.”

The awards recognize kindergarten through sixth grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom. It is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States.

“Texans need look no further than the math and science classrooms across our state to witness the outstanding work being carried out by teachers each school day,” said Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. “These ten finalists reflect the very best in innovative instruction and I congratulate each of them on this national recognition.”

To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher must first be nominated or apply for the award. A state panel of master teachers, content specialists and administrators review the application and select the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for the national award.  

“I nominated Ms. Ruth for this award because of her focused and diligent efforts to facilitate TEKS-aligned mathematics instruction that meets the individual needs of her kindergarten students,” said Janet Nuzzie, Pasadena ISD instructional specialist in mathematics. “She utilizes numerous tools and strategies such as movement, manipulatives, anchor charts, “talk moves”, guided math, and formative assessment during instruction to engage her students in the content as well as provide her with ongoing data to continually monitor her students’ understanding of concepts.”

After the initial selection process at the state or territorial level, a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators may select up to two teachers from each state and U.S. jurisdiction for the award. 

Winners receive $10,000, recognition from the President of the United States and a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend special events and professional development opportunities.