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Teacher Vies for National Honor

Bancroft Middle School teacher Kari Milton is one of eight exceptional math and science teachers in California nominated by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction as finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  The award is described as the highest recognition in the nation for a math or science teacher.

“These teachers are dedicated and accomplished individuals whose innovative teaching styles prepare our students for 21st Century careers and college and develop them into the designers and inventors of the future,” State Superintendent Tom Torlakson said. “They rank among the finest in their profession and also serve as wonderful mentors and role models.”

At Bancroft, Milton teaches grades six through eight and has been teaching for 16 years.  She teaches computer-aided drafting and coding skills.  She is also the advisor to the Genius Bar, where students participate and help with the technology needs of the school.  She rewrote and updated course guides for grades seven and eight technology curriculum for the school district, following national technology standards and providing support for teachers who would like to earn their National Board Certification.

The California Department of Education partners annually with the California Science Teachers Association and the California Mathematics Council to recruit and select nominees for this honor.  Each applicant must display subject mastery, appropriate use of instructional methods and strategies, lifelong learning and leadership in education outside the classroom.  State finalists were selected by a panel of their peers.  The White House Office of Science and Technology will announce national level awardees.