Madison Teacher to Receive White House Honor 

Two Maine teachers received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching this month. Pamela Thompson, a Grade 3-4 looping teacher at Madison Elementary School and Kimberly Spencer, who teaches Grades 2 and 3 at Yarmouth Elementary School, will receive their awards in the fall at a White House ceremony. Thompson received the 2008 science teaching award and Spencer received the 2008 mathematics teaching award. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to the best pre-college-level science and math 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 elementary and secondary education, going either to science and math teachers in grades K through 6 (as it is this year) or to those teaching in grades 7 through 12. Pamela Thompson has been teaching for 27 years in Madison. Thompson holds a master’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s College and two degrees from the University of Maine at Farmington.  She has been involved in professional development to strengthen links between science inquiry and literacy and serves on the board of the Maine State Science Teachers Association. Thompson lives in Industry, Maine.   Winners of the Presidential Teaching Award receive $10,000 awards from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a White House awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders.