Hutchens Elementary second-grade teacher Julie Neidhardt earned a prestigious award recently, as she has been selected to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
Neidhardt is one of only three K-6 teachers in Alabama to be chosen for the honor. She will receive a citation signed by President Barack Obama and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and has been invited to travel to Washington, D.C., for an awards dinner.
The PAEMST program, administered by NSF on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
Neidhardt has been an educator in Mobile County Public Schools for 18 years, teaching previously at Dawes Intermediate and Semmes Elementary. During her career, she initiated and co-facilitated an after-school astronomy club for third through fifth grades. She participates in professional learning communities and curriculum development in science. She is also a trainer in the system, working with teachers to provide hands-on, brain-based strategies for the K–12 classroom. She is certified as a Sally Ride Science trainer, and was selected to attend the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.