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Tincher Teacher Wins State Science Honor

Tincher Preparatory School teacher Deborah Drab is a statewide finalist for this year’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Only three science teachers were selected as finalists statewide. As a state finalist, Drab is a candidate for the national PAEMST honor. Staff from the White House will notify one science teacher from California to receive the Presidential Award next spring. California’s finalists will be honored by the State Board of Education in November. Drab was nominated for the award by Tincher Principal William Vogel. The rigorous award application process required Drab to videotape a sixth grade science lesson and complete a detailed account of her teaching methods. "I’m just thrilled to have made it this far along in the process," Drab said, "and it was a good chance for me to reflect on my teaching." Each national awardee receives a special citation signed by the President, a $10,000 award and a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend a week-long series of special recognition events and training sessions in March 2007. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching were established in 1983 by an Act of Congress and are administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Each year the awards recognize outstanding mathematics and science teachers from across the United States and four U.S. jurisdictions for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspirations to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.