Newton-Conover Middle School math teacher, Chastity Bolch has been named a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science teachers across the United States. Winners at the national level receive an opportunity to visit the Whitehous, and also have opportunities to speak to policymakers regarding educational policy. Since 1983, 4,800 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) teaching and up to 108 teachers are recognized each year.
Mrs. Bolch is currently a seventh grade math teacher at Newton-Conover Middle School where she has taught the past 4 years. When asked about the selection process, Mrs. Bolch stated, “It’s pretty awesome. It took a lot to put together, almost like applying for National Board Certification.” “Newton-Conover City Schools has pushed me a great deal as a teacher, and as a district, has allowed me to try things and innovate and do different things.”
Mrs. Bolch’s application has now advanced to the national level where her application a national selection committee which is under the direction of the National Science Foundation will select up to two national award winners.