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Alumna Receives Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence

President Barack Obama recently named Willamette alumna Cary Cermak-Rudolf ’98, MAT’01 as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The award goes to the best pre-college-level science and math teachers from across the country, and comes with a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process at the state level. This year the president honored more than 100 teachers from grades kindergarten through six.

Cermak-Rudolf is an instructional coach for the Roseburg (Ore.) School District, where she supports principals, teachers and assistants to increase student learning at three elementary schools. She will receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., this fall for a White House awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders.