Two WSU alumnae are the most recent state winners of the annual Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Pamela Nolan-Beasley, who earned her master’s degree in foreign languages and literature at WSU, is a certified K-12 teacher at Waitsburg (Wash.) Elementary School where she has taught kindergarten for 13 years. She is also a state Leadership and Assistance for Science Education and Reform (LASER) facilitator and teacher leader for sustainable innovation and reform in science. She will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and a trip for two to Washington, D.C., for recognition events and professional development.
With the help of a $1.7M federal Math and Science Partnership grant, WSU professors from several disciplines will provide instructional support for teachers in selected school districts over the next three years.
“The focus is on development of middle school math and science teachers’ content knowledge and on student-centered instruction through the use of ‘design challenges,’ which are integrated, project-based learning experiences,” said David Slavit, professor of mathematics and education at WSUVancouver.
Materials developed through the partnership program will be available for all schools across the state.