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Local math teacher honored with Presidential Award

TUCSON- Some Arizona teachers were recognized by President Donald Trump as recipients of Presidential Awards.

Empire High School math teacher Nicole Whitt was one of the four recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

“I was pretty shocked,” said Whitt. “I think I read the email three different times to make sure what I was reading was true and then my husband was upstairs when I got the email so I and I ran up and told him.”

Whitt just returned a couple of days ago from Washington, D.C. where she was grouped with the other 2017 and 2018 awardees from across the country.

She said they were mostly discussing stem classes and how to teach students that all school subjects relate to one another.

“A huge focus of topic for us the last few says in D.C. was how we bridge those gaps and how do we make things cross-curricular, balanced and how do we help kids see things are all connected to each other,” she said.

Sally Stevens from the University of Arizona was honored as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

The other Arizona recipients were Svea Anderson from Agua Caliente Elementary School, Amee Legarra from Richardson Elementary School, and Deborah Nipar from Hamilton High School.

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.

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