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President Obama Honors Outstanding Teachers and Mentors at White House


On Jan. 6, President Barack Obama honored educators from across the country with awards for excellence in mathematics and science teaching and mentoring in his second "Educate to Innovate" campaign event for excellence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The event was held in the White House East Room. The president also announced key new partnerships in his campaign to help reach the administration's goal of moving American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, also attended, as well as Cabinet officials, Members of Congress, and National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Arden L. Bement, Jr.

The president was introduced by Barbara Stoflet of Minnetonka, Minn. Stoflet is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching who has taught mathematics and science for more than 23 years. She described teachers as "the most fortunate of all who labor," and said that the president "is writing history and reshaping the future for all of us."