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HCS Educators Named State Finalists for the 2023-2024 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

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(Hoover, Alabama) - Hoover City Schools proudly announces that two outstanding educators were selected as Alabama finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Ashley Dark, representing Gwin Elementary School, was chosen as a state finalist in the mathematics category, while Melody Greene, from Berry Middle School, was selected as a finalist in the science category.

The PAEMST, a highly competitive and prestigious award, is the pinnacle of recognition for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers in the United States. Administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, these awards are a testament to the educators' exemplary teaching practices and outstanding contributions to their field.

Upon learning of her finalist status, Dark expressed her surprise and excitement, saying, "Being a finalist for the award is extremely meaningful. I know that there are many high-quality teachers in our state, so to be among the nominated is a privilege. It truly is an honor to be one of the finalists and to receive recognition for the hard work that goes into perfecting your craft.”

Dark says her relationships with her students inspire and fuel her passion for education. "And then, seeing that relationship lead to academic as well as personal growth brings me so much joy,” added Dark.

Greene shared her gratitude, stating, "Being a finalist for this award is an extreme honor. I have worked and continue to work with amazing educators in our state in the fields of math and science. Anytime we can spotlight extraordinary things happening in our classrooms, it is to be celebrated. I love what I do each day."

Greene says it is remarkable to see students excel as they use their gifts and talents, and being a finalist for this award is a celebration of these things.

“I know without a doubt that I am called to the classroom to encourage students in their journey to realize that they are smarter than they ever dreamed and that mistakes are a vital part of the learning process. My passion is to cheer kids on and create a magical education experience that encourages kids to come back each day ready to learn, take risks, and be a part of a classroom community,” added Greene.

PAEMST winners from each state will be announced in the coming months. HCS extends heartfelt congratulations to Ashley Dark and Melody Greene for their remarkable achievements and dedication to excellence in education.