October 18, 2005

Pre-college Engineering Academy Teacher Named Presidential Award Finalist

Nancy Owens Schunke, a science and engineering instructor at Dunbar Middle School, has been named a national finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. The award recognizes exemplary K-12 teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

Schunke is one of three finalists from the state of Texas who was recognized by the Texas Education Agency at the 2006 Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching. From the three state finalists, one teacher will be selected as a national award recipient.

Schunke was nominated for the award by John Chandler, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Engineering Outreach at Texas Tech University. Schunke is a long-time instructor for the center’s teacher training workshops and has been instrumental in developing the center’s Introduction to Robotics workshop. In addition, Dunbar Middle School, where Schunke teaches, is one of the center’s Pre-college Engineering Academy schools.

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