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Two Arkansas National Board Certified Teachers Recognized: President Obama Honors Outstanding Mathematics and Science Teachers

WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama recently named 108 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This year’s awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, event later this summer.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The awardees named today teach 7th through 12th grade.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.

Brian Leonard - Lake Hamilton High School Mathematics

National Board Certified Teacher Brian Leonard has taught Advanced Placement (AP) mathematics to 11th and 12th graders at Lake Hamilton High School for the past eight years. He spent the previous two years teaching at Academics Plus Charter School and the previous year teaching at the University of Canberra in Australia.

Brian works hard to make advanced mathematics courses accessible to a wide range of students. Extensive research, numerous conferences, and relationships with AP math teachers from around the state and country have helped Brian dramatically increase enrollment and achievement in AP Statistics and AP Calculus at his school.

As the lead AP mathematics teacher for his school, Brian developed numerous activities to improve the program. He was instrumental in developing vertical team meetings in his district to bring together all math teachers to collaborate on mathematics curriculum from lower grades all the way through high school.

Brian has presented mathematical research, as well as AP exam preparation sessions in AP Statistics and AP Calculus throughout Arkansas.

Brian has a B.S., magna cum laude, in mathematics from Henderson State University and a M.S., summa cum laude, in mathematics from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is National Board Certified in adolescence and young adulthood mathematics.

“The Presidential Award is recognition for not just the countless hours I have devoted to helping my students achieve, but also to everyone involved who has assisted me along the way. I am blessed to have helpful colleagues, motivated students, dedicated administration, and many others who have helped me reach this point in my career. This award is a culmination of years of hard work and I am humbled by this honor. I look forward to advancing my career with the help of all those around me.”  - Brian Leonard

See article and photo on the Presidential awards website

Amanda Jones - Poyen High School Science

National Board Certified Teacher Amanda Jones has been an educator for 15 years and has spent the last 12 years teaching at Poyen High School. Currently, she teaches 10th -12th grade students in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, AP Biology, Environmental Science, Anatomy & Physiology, College Biology, and College Environmental Science. Since 2005, she has taught as adjunct faculty for the College of the Ouachitas in Malvern, AR.

Amanda has collaborated with Vanderbilt University's Aspirnaut Program to build an on-site afterschool science program for students from 3rd grade through high school. She also mentored the robotics team and spearheads the Poyen Academic Banquet, which honors students for academic excellence. In addition, she developed an ACT Prep course for students and works closely with participants to prepare them for college. 

Amanda was named Grant County Teacher of the Year 2005, Arkansas' Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year of 2012, and Arkansas Senior Beta Club State Sponsor 2013-2015. 

Amanda has a B.S. in biology, summa cum laude, from Henderson State University and a M.Ed. in secondary education and curriculum from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she won the dean’s award. She is certified in middle school and high school sciences and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

“A good work ethic and a commitment to goals are qualities that I find of great importance for those seeking successful lives. I attempt to teach my students by example to be hard workers and give their best effort in class and in life every day. Simply being nominated encouraged me to find new ways to reach and teach students.  Receiving the Presidential Award is an affirmation of the idea that no matter who you are or where you are from, if you work hard, you can accomplish great things.” –Amanda Jones

"These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science,” President Obama said. “Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technology, engineering, and math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow.”

See article and photo on the Presidential awards website