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Lake Highlands Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Anne Born has been chosen as a finalist for the 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The award, administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, recognizes science and math teachers who use innovative methods to bring teaching to life. It is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States.

Born is among the eight teachers from across Texas chosen as finalists for the award. Each of the 2014 finalists will be recognized by the state board of education.

“Math and science are critically important subjects, and these teachers clearly bring expertise and an excitement to their students each school day,” says Michael Williams, Texas commissioner of education.

“I congratulate these finalists for this accomplishment and for spotlighting on a national level the outstanding work taking place in our classrooms.”

To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher first must be nominated. A state panel of master teachers, specialists, and administrators then review the applications and select the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers.

After the initial selection process at the state or territorial level, one mathematics and one science teacher from each state and U.S. jurisdiction is chosen for the national award. Winners receive $10,000, a citation signed by the President of the United States, and a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend recognition events and professional development opportunities.

National award winners will be announced during the summer of 2015.