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Vail teacher is finalist for award

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado — A teacher at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy is a finalist for a national teaching award.

The Colorado State Selection Committee for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program has selected Miles McGeehan, a science teacher and master teacher, as a state-level finalist for the ‘seventh- through 12th- grade science teachers’ category.

“The students, staff and parents are so proud of Miles for receiving this prestigious honor,” states Geoffrey Grimmer, Principal of the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy.

The award is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Enacted by Congress in 1983, this program authorizes the president to bestow up to 108 awards each year. The National Science Foundation administers the awards on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. The teachers are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science.

Each application submitted by a state-level finalist is forwarded to a national selection committee comprised of math educators, teachers, and former award recipients who will meet in Washington D.C., to select the presidential award recipients at the national level. This year, Colorado is sending two finalist applications forward. Winners are scheduled to be announced in the spring of 2010. The teachers chosen to be presidential award recipients will be notified by the White House, will receive $10,000 and will be honored at various ceremonies.

“It is certainly flattering and an honor to be selected to represent Colorado as a finalist at the national level,” Miles said. “I owe so much to my colleagues, my incredible students, the families at VSSA and my wonderful wife, Katie. I love that I enjoy going to work each morning, the teachable moments, the challenges and the joys of influencing life-long learners. We’ve been working very hard at V.S.S.A. to combine athletic edge with academic rigor. Recognition for our accomplishments by the State is gratifying and an inspiration.”

Each year at the annual Colorado Science Conference, the finalists are honored. This year’s conference will be held Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.

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