Twain MS Teacher Named Finalist for Presidential Math and Science Teaching Awards

News Release
August 05, 2019

Kelly Draeger, who teaches math and serves as math department chair at Twain Middle School, is one of five secondary teachers from across Virginia named a state finalist for the 2019 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.  The award is regarded as the country’s top honor for math and science teachers.


Draeger was recognized for developing and implementing a high quality instructional program that improves student learning in math. Middle school mathematics specialist and nominator David Van Vleet praises Draeger for her willingness to model good teaching, share with other math teachers, and pilot new and innovative math programs.


Van Vleet explains that he asked Draeger to pilot a math resource that helps students in problem solving using math tasks. “Kelly enthusiastically took on the challenge and provided valuable feedback with the implementation in her classroom,” he said.  “This information assisted our central mathematics team in creating an implementation plan for our adoption of this resource across the entire division.”


Draeger is also credited by Van Vleet with providing expertise on a number of division-wide curriculum projects, including helping create quarterly math benchmark assessments, developing intervention materials and activities, and helping create grade-level planning and pacing guides. She also shares her best practices knowledge as a presenter at FCPS math mini-conferences. “Kelly is a fabulous leader in our mathematics community,” adds Van Vleet.


Finalists were selected by review committees convened by the Virginia Department of Education. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House.  It alternates annually between teachers in grades K-6 and teachers in grades 7-12.


Nominees will be recognized by the Virginia Board of Education at its October business meeting.  A national review committee will review the applications of the 2019 finalists, and awardees will be announced by the White House.

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