President Bush has honored two Oklahoma teachers with the 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Math teacher Julie Owens from El Reno and science teacher Colleen Bennett from Bartlesville were among 100 teachers across the nation to receive the award this week.
The two will receive a $10,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and are enjoying an expenses-paid trip to Washington for a week of celebratory events and professional development activities. In citations given to the teachers, Bush said they were honored for "embodying excellence in teaching, for devotion to the learning needs of the students, and for upholding the high standards that exemplify American education at its finest." El Reno High School Principal Matt Goucher said Owens is deserving of the national honor. She teaches geometry and algebra at the school. Bennett teaches biology, anatomy and physiology at Bartlesville High School.
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