SAES Teacher and CTTL Lower School Research Coordinator to be Recognized at the White House

Hilarie Hall, St. Andrew’s Lower School Science Teacher and the CTTL Lower School Research Coordinator, will be honored at the White House during the first week of September.

Hall, who was informed that she had been named a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in early March, will receive her award during a ceremony in just two weeks. President Obama traditionally attends the ceremony.

The award, which is presented annually to about 100 educators nationwide, is the nation’s highest honor for K-12 teachers of mathematics and science. Administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the PAEMST program recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. Each awardee will receive a citation signed by President Obama and a $10,000 award from NSF.

“This award means a lot of things to me; it's both humbling and motivating,” Hall said. “It means that I can represent our St. Andrew's community in an innovative way and bring many new ideas and experiences to our students. It means that I have access to a great national network of like-minded educators. It motivates me to continue to push myself to work harder and more creatively in my role as a teacher.”

“Since arriving at St. Andrew's Hilarie has been instrumental in moving forward our design thinking program at the Lower School and forging new initiatives across disciplines to expand the reach of science into all aspects of student learning,” said Jordan Love, Head of Lower School. “Her pedagogical approach is collaborative, multimodal, and builds upon a belief that all students have boundless potential and capacity to learn,” Love said. ”Hilarie models for the students and her colleagues a passion for teaching, the willingness to take advantage of all learning opportunities, and the value of working in community towards shared goals.”

Hall will blog about her trip to the White House and share photos through St. Andrew’s Instagram and Facebook pages. She will also share highlights of her trip with Lower School students at an assembly early in the school year.

You can follow Hall on Twitter (@HilarieHall) where she regularly tweets from the Lower School design classroom.