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President Obama Honors Highland Math Teacher
Marco Martinez is one of 108 teachers in the nation named as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Marco Martinez has received recognition and praise locally for his creative approach to teaching math at Highland High. Now that recognition is coming all the way from the top.
President Obama named Martinez as a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, one of the nation's highest honors for teachers of math and science.The honor comes with a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
Martinez is among this year's 108 awardees representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools.Martinez and the other educators will receive their awards at a Washington, D.C., event later this summer.
“Receiving this is really a dream come true,” Martinez said. “I hope this award also will motivate students to become mathematicians, engineers or teachers—we need more scientists.”
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. This year's recipients teach 7th through 12th grade.
"These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science,” President Obama said. “Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technology, engineering, and math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow.”
Martinez and his wife, Laura Corral, have been recognized locally for creating short tutorials using virtual demonstrations and Spanish narrative to re-teach mathematical concepts introduced in class. The clips, which run only about five minutes each, are posted to the web using YouTube, Facebook, Blackboard and the couple’s own website, LaracosMath.com.