Moultonborough teacher to receive $10,000 awardBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
June 27. 2018 10:47PM
MOULTONBOROUGH — A teacher from Moultonborough has been invited to Washington to receive a citation from President Donald Trump and a $10,000 award, after being named a recipient of a prestigious math and science award from the National Science Foundation.
Stephanie Gleeson of the Moultonborough Central School will receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation’s highest honor given to teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including computer science.
Gleeson, whose nomination was submitted by the New Hampshire Department of Education for consideration in late 2016, was recognized for her contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics.
“Being honored with the Presidential Award is a true testament to myself and my students that anything is possible through hard work and a positive mindset,” said Gleeson in a statement. “This award is not about being the best teacher with the most knowledge but being the teacher who finds a way to convey knowledge in an inspiring and engaging way that commits all students to becoming life-long learners. It is about opening doors and changing mindsets and letting the next generation know that they can make a difference.”
Gleeson teaches three sections of third-grade math. To help students better understand the concept of what fractions represent, Gleeson related their understanding to real world connections through active discovery. Gleeson manipulated fractions, asked questions, and collaboratively explored fractions to be able to identify and defend their value.
Gleeson has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and K-8 elementary education from Keene State College. She has taught first through fifth grade for 13 years and served on the district’s math and science curriculum committee.
Gleeson has been invited to Washington, D.C., to receive a citation from President Trump and a $10,000 award from the NSF.