A veteran math teacher here in Gwinnett can claim the country’s highest honor for math and science teachers. Congratulations to Cindy Apley Rose of Couch Middle School! The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded 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 at the state level. Each nomination year of the award alternates between teachers for grades K-6 and grades 7-12. The newest group of honorees represents two nomination years, which includes one math teacher and one science teacher from both cohorts for each state. Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration. Ms. Apley Rose will be in D.C. to receive her award on Sept. 8. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.