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Posted January 16, 2014

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Highland Math Teacher Finalist for Prestigious National Award

Marco Martinez is a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Marco Martinez and his fellow math teacher (and wife) Laura Corral

Watch a video about Marco and his wife, Laura Corral, who created tutorials using virtual demonstrations and Spanish narrative to re-teach mathematical concepts introduced in class.

Marco Martinez, a math teacher at Highland High School, is a 2013 finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Marco is the only math teacher finalist in New Mexico.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

It is an extraordinarily high honor to be named a finalist – even more so if Martinez makes it to the final round and becomes an awardee.

Anyone can nominate any eligible teacher; teachers can even nominate themselves. Once nominees complete their application, they become part of a pool that is then narrowed to a few finalists in each subject per state.

From there, their applicants are put through a final round of judging and a math and science teacher is typically chosen from each state.

It will be several months before the 2013 winners are selected.

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.

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