Hoeven: Four North Dakota Teachers Selected for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that four North Dakota teachers have been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The program recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. The awardees each receive a citation signed by the president, a $10,000 award from NSF and an opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for an award ceremony. The awardees are as follows:

• Mrs. Michelle Strand of West Fargo High School.
• Mr. Jonathan Fugleberg of May-Port CG High School in Mayville.
• Ms. Loni Rae Miller of the University of Mary in Bismarck, previously of Saxvik Elementary School in Bismarck.
• Mrs. Angela Stoa-Lipp of Ed Clapp Elementary in Fargo, previously of Kennedy Elementary School in Fargo.

“Our state’s educators play a vital role in helping our children to lead fulfilling and successful lives,” Hoeven said. “These four teachers have helped prepare their students for the careers of the future and stand as excellent examples of the larger efforts in North Dakota to expand access to quality STEM education.”

Hoeven has advocated for and worked to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Last year, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act, which included legislation based on a measure that Hoeven introduced with Senator Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to improve students’ access to STEM education. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven also helped secure funding in the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bills for programs to enhance STEM education, including the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program at NSF.