Local teacher named National Math and Science Initiative Teacher of the Year

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WSFA) - Kelley Rouze of Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School was recently named by the National Math and Science Initiative as one of 18 teachers to receive its first annual All American Teacher of the Year Award.

The awards, which recognize outstanding math, science, and English teachers for remarkable contributions to their students and to the teaching profession, are presented to teachers in each state participating in the National Math and Science Initiative's Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program.

Rouze teaches Advanced Placement (AP) calculus at LAMP High School and works district wide as a coach and mentor to other AP math teachers in Montgomery's five A+ College Ready program schools.

She will accept the award, which also comes with a cash award, at a special luncheon in Washington, D.C. in mid-May. She will also be introduced to Alabama's Congressional delegation.

"Kelley truly makes a difference, not only for her students but also for other teachers," said Mary Boehm, president of A+ College Ready. "This initiative is about opening the doors of opportunity to more students, and she understands the life-changing impact possible when a teacher recognizes a student's untapped potential."

Other Alabama winners are:

  • Marlee Neel, an English teacher at Hueytown High School in Hueytown, Ala.
  • Marilyn Niemann, a biology and environmental science teacher at Jefferson County International Baccalaureate High School in Irondale, Ala.

"These teachers have demonstrated a total commitment to our AP students' academic growth," said Tom Luce, CEO of NMSI. "They recognize the importance of championing excellence in math and science, which will help more of our young people succeed in school, work and life."

Teachers were able to nominate themselves or be nominated by content directors, board members, school leaders, or colleagues for the All American Teacher of the Year Awards.

To be eligible from Alabama, the candidates had to be a current math, science, or English AP classroom teacher in a public high school participating in A+ College Ready; demonstrate positive results; demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career and being an inspiring model of excellence to others.

Nominations were reviewed by a NMSI judging committee.

For more information on The National Math and Science Initiative and the A+ College Ready program, please visit these websites: www.nationalmathandscience.org and www.apluscollegeready.org

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