West Intermediate Teacher Moriah Widener Selected for Presidential Award
In an announcement from the White House today, Jenks Public Schools’ teacher Moriah Widener was selected as a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Widener, a fifth-grade teacher at Jenks West Intermediate, is one of 213 award-winners from across the United States. She will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation to use at her discretion, and she is invited to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony as well as visits with members of President Obama’s administration.
“I am so thankful to my principals here at West Intermediate and the administration of Jenks Public Schools for providing me with the support and resources necessary to reach my students and give them a better understanding of math and science,” Widener remarked. “I am also grateful to my colleagues for their constant encouragement and to my wonderful students, who make it so much fun to be in the classroom every single day.”
A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Widener has been teaching at Jenks West Intermediate for the past four years. In addition to her regular role in the classroom, Widener leads book studies, coaches and serves as a mentor for new teachers, facilitates “Math Monday” meetings, and continuously updates a library of resources and literature to help other teachers.
“Moriah is a reflective practitioner of the craft of teaching,” said Michelle Sumner, Site Principal at West Intermediate. “She is always seeking new, creative instructional techniques to enhance the educational experience for her students, and she is quick to help her fellow teachers. She is so deserving of this extraordinary honor and we are incredibly proud to see her dedication recognized by the President.”
Winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following a selection process at the state level. The award is part of an initiative by President Obama and his Administration to strengthen STEM learning (science, technology, engineering, and math) for students of all ages.