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East High science teacher named finalist in math, science teaching excellence awards

East High science teacher named finalist in math, science teaching excellence awards

East High science teacher Arthur BallosEast High science teacher Arthur Ballos has been named a state finalist for science in the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation’s highest honor for mathematics and science teaching. They are presented to educators who show a high degree of knowledge, innovation, skill and leadership.

Elementary and secondary educators are recognized in alternating years. This year, secondary teachers are being recognized. Kansas had seven mathematics applicants and 11 science applicants. Each of the state finalists will be recognized at the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN) conference Feb 10-11, 2022. They also will compete for a national finalist title.

South High science teacher Chitra Harris was also nominated for the award.

Two educators from each state, one in the area of mathematics and one in science, may be named national finalists. Each of the national finalists will receive a $10,000 award.