Virginia Beach Teacher a Finalist for National Award

Photo courtesy: Virginia Department of Education

Dianna McDowell of Old Donation School in Virginia Beach is being considered for the 2017 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The award is regarded as the nation’s top honor for mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers and recognizes teachers who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs that improve student learning, according to the Virginia Board of Education.

Out of 65 nominees throughout the state, the list has been shortened to seven finalists – three for math and four in science. Finalists are selected by committees of the Virginia Department of Education.

The winner will be chosen next year and awarded $10,000 and a trip to the nations capital for a series of recognition events and professional development activities.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House. Each year, the award alternates between teachers in grades K-6 and teachers in grades 7-12.

Here is the full list of finalists from Virginia:

The 2017 state finalists in mathematics: 

William Daly of Albemarle High in Albemarle County

Blythe Samuels of Powhatan High in Powhatan County

Elisa Tedona  of James River High in Chesterfield County

The 2017 state finalists in science: 

David Barnes of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond

Tara Brunwansky of James River High in Chesterfield County

Timothy Couillard of James River High in Chesterfield County

Dianna McDowell of Old Donation School in Virginia Beach