Two Missouri teachers are among a group of educators from throughout the country honored by President Bush in Washington. 95 teachers from 49 states are in the nation’s capital to receive Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Joann Barnett, who teaches math to 7th graders at Ozark Junior High School in Ozark, never thought something like this would come along. She sees it as a great honor. Paul Rutherford, a science teacher at Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit, sees this a great honor, as well. The teachers visited the WhiteHouse, where they were congratulated by President Bush. Each of them receives an award and a $10,000 prize. The program was established in 1983 by the White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
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