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Grygar Named National Finalist For PAEMST

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced on Aug. 12, eight teachers from across Texas have been named finalists for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Midway ISD’s Nicole Grygar was named a finalist for this award. Ms. Grygar is a K-4 Science Lab teacher at Woodway Elementary School. It is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States. “I congratulate these finalists for this accomplishment and for spotlighting on a national level the outstanding work taking place in our classrooms,” said Commissioner Williams.

IMG_2346               Ms. Grygar assists students with a science lab at Woodway Elementary School’s Science Lab.

To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher first must be nominated for the award. Members of a state panel review the applications and choose the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for national awardee status.

In addition, this spring Ms. Grygar was named runner up for the Texas Medical Association’s Ernest and Sarah Butler Award for Excellence in Science Teaching Award, given for exhibiting a personal commitment and enthusiasm for teaching science. She was also named a state semifinalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education teaching award. Ms. Grygar has earned multiple grants from the Midway Education Foundation. Midway ISD is proud of Ms. Grygar’s initiatives ranging from dissection of owl pellets and cow eyeballs, to Science Night, and a 100-participant science fair.

The winners, who will be announced during the summer of 2015, will receive $10,000 citations signed by the president and a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. for recognition events.