Monday, April 12, 2010

Five LDS Teachers Honored at White House

by Nick Newman - Mormon Times
Saturday, Apr. 10, 2010

WASHINGTON -- Five Mormon teachers from Washington, Utah, Nevada and Illinois were honored with Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching at White House ceremonies earlier this year.
Vickie Ahlstrom, Michele Brees, Zan Coonce, Natalie Robinson and Nola Wilkinson were among the nearly 90 winners had to submit a video tape of a lesson, a lengthy report analyzing and reflecting on the lesson, a resume and three letters of recommendation to their respective state judges, who then chose the best to be considered by a national judge panel. The winners were nominated by peers or administrators.

Ahlstrom, a member of the Grove Creek 6th Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah Grove Creek Stake, teaches high-ability and gifted sixth-graders at Sego Lily Elementary School in Lehi, Utah. She's been a teacher for 10 years. Inspired by a now-deceased friend, Ahlstrom feels the award allows her to promote science education throughout Utah. She also said being in tune with the Spirit is essential to success in the classroom.

"It's really important that I be in tune with the Spirit and say a prayer before I go to school, so I can be prepared to meet their needs like their parents need to," Ahlstrom said. "I've felt inspiration every day that I've been a teacher."

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