Two New York high school educators — Daniel Mattoon, a Niskayuna Teachers Association member who teaches computer science, multivariable calculus and geometry, and Amanda Zullo, a Saranac Lake TA member who teaches chemistry — each received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching.
They were among 203 nationwide winners who were recognized, earning a trip to Washington, D.C. , attending several recognition events and professional development opportunities, and receiving a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
Mattoon, an educator for 11 years, teaches several grades at Niskayuna High School.
"I'm really passionate about teaching and math and I always try to improve on my teaching," he told the Albany Times Union. "I know that everyone is not going to love math, but I try to make it fun so students enjoy coming to class."
Zullo has taught chemistry at Saranac Lake High School since 2005. She is an advocate for inquiry-based instruction that is student-centered. She strongly believes students learn best with real-world applications, an idea that has fueled her work with the Adirondack Farm to School initiative.
Both Mattoon and Zullo are National Board Certified Teachers.