Pocahontas high school mathematics teacher Melodie Murray has been selected to be one of three others from Arkansas out of 58 state candidates to be a finalist in the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Pocahontas High School principal, Michael McCurry, praises Murray and her teaching
“It just shows the hard work and dedication that she puts in, and you know we have great teachers all throughout high school, she’s not the only one we have, but it’s just nice to see some of our teachers get the recognition they deserve.”
The winners which will be up to 108 teachers, from around the country, and us territories will be chosen by a committee made up of educators, scientists and mathematicians. They will receive a 10,000 award, a trip to Washington D.C. and presidential citation.
Pocahontas public school’s assistant superintendent, Lesa Grooms, explains why she nominated Murray, saying she met the requirements and more.
“One of the things that they want to know about is what she does in the classroom to interest kids in mathematics, and Ms. Murray is always doing activities that are hands on, making sure that students know how the math is involved in everyday life.”
The award is given out by the national science foundation on behalf of the white house and is to honor educators that excel in 3 categories.
“Oh I was so excited, i was so excited because you never know what your competition is, you know, what grade levels it could be anywhere from 7th grade to 12th grade, um how many are competing against so it was really exciting to me.”