Capasso, Hill Win Presidential Awards

Liz Capasso (Fairfield County MTC) and Patty Hill (MTC Austin) win the nation’s highest recognition for math and science teachers

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Liz Capasso (Fairfield County MTC), a math teacher at Jettie S. Tisdale School in Bridgeport, Conn., and Patty Hill (MTC Austin), a math teacher at Kealing Middle School in Austin, Texas, are two of 213 U.S. educators to win the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest recognition for math and science teachers. Both received a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, as well as educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration. “Many teachers give their heart and soul to this profession and to their students, knowing that their contributions may never be formally recognized,” said Hill, who has been teaching math at Kealing for 18 years. “This makes the honor of a Presidential Award incredibly humbling.” Capasso, who has taught at Tisdale for eight years, stated, “The Presidential Award celebrates all the incredible educators who have supported, taught, and inspired me on my journey as a teacher.” Both awardees are founding members of their respective Math Teachers’ Circles.

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This article originally appeared in the Winter/Spring 2017 MTCircular.


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