Heritage Elementary science teacher, Cindy Piano, was recently named a recipient of one of President Obama’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Piano was one of 102 recipients of this prestigious award which is given out annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers across the country. A panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators select the winners at the state level.
In addition to the honorable recognition, Piano will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Piano will also attend an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. later in 2014 and will have an opportunity to visit with members of Congress and the President’s Administration.
Piano has been a proud science teacher at Heritage Elementary School for 16 years. She currently teaches second-grade science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Her long-term presence on campus has been instrumental in the design and growth of Heritage Elementary’s Signature STEM program.
For more information about the Presidential Award in Mathematics and Science Teaching, visit www.paemst.org.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate.
Peoria Unified is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.
For more information, visit the district’s website at www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.