Presidential math finalist

***image1***Ramstein American High School mathematics teacher Bertha Manning is a finalist in the 2005 Presidential Awards of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is one of two teachers from the Department of Defense Dependent Schools-Europe selected as state finalists in the program.

She is among 250 American educators nationwide selected to compete in the annual contest. Winners will be announced in March, participate in a weeklong series of activities in Washington, D.C., and receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Presidential awardees are professional models, highly qualified, knowledgeable about their subjects and equipped with methods and strategies that improve learning in science and mathematics. The Presidential Awards are administered by the National Science Foundation for the White House.

Ms. Manning has been a DODDS teacher for 25 years and is in her fourth year at Ramstein, where she teaches algebra.

“Education helped me as I was growing up,” she said. “I wanted to give back by teaching students real-life skills, and to encourage them to take every positive opportunity.
(Courtesy of DODDS-Europe Public Affairs Office)