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KY Teachers Receive NMSI All American Teacher Awards

LEXINGTON,KY – Twenty-three teachers, including Amiee Cantrell-Webb, AP English Teacher from Johnson Central High School, Brian Sullivan, AP Calculus Teacher from Henderson County High School, and (KSTA Board Member) Carlos Verdecchia, AP Biology Teacher from Bryan Station High School, were recently named as the 2011 All American Teachers of the Year by the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) -- the leading national non-profit organization for improving American students’ math and science achievement.  
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 participating in NMSI’s Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP). The award winners will receive a cash award, and each teacher will be recognized at a special awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., on May 26, 2011. These Kentucky teachers are among just 23 teachers nationwide recognized by NMSI as its 2011 All American Teacher of the Year Award winners.
“We have the privilege of seeing first-hand the hard work of so many teachers every day that we are grateful to NMSI for taking the time to recognize and reward educators for their extraordinary work,” said Joanne Lang, Executive Director of AdvanceKentucky. “These teacher-leaders have each earned this honor and are transforming lives, teaming with their colleagues and opening doors for many more deserving students.”
“These teachers have demonstrated a total commitment to their students' academic growth,” said Tom Luce, former CEO of NMSI. “Their efforts will help more of our young people succeed in today’s highly competitive, high tech world.”
The awards were given to one teacher each in Advanced Placement* math, science and English from seven states that participate in APTIP, along with two new awards this year: a teacher from a school participating in the Initiative for Military Families, which provides APTIP for students in schools that support military families, and a teacher from NMSI’s virtual AP program, Learning Power.
Teachers were able to nominate themselves or be nominated for the All American Teacher of the Year Awards by program content directors, board members from each state AP organization, school leaders, or colleagues. To be eligible, the candidates had to be a current AP math, science, or English classroom teacher in a public high school participating in the NMSI APTIP, the Initiative for Military Families, or in the virtual program; demonstrate positive results in APTIP; and demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career and be an inspiring model of excellence to others. Nominations were reviewed by a NMSI judging committee of educators.
These distinguished educators join the inaugural, 2010 Kentucky winners:  Anthony Mires, AP Biology Teacher from Barren County High School, Diane Beckman, AP Calculus Teacher from Lone Oak High School (McCracken County), and Coury Osbourne, AP English Teacher from Marion County High School.
About AdvanceKentucky This is an initiative of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), which is a non-profit founded in 1987 to advance science and technology. This is a partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative. The program is involved in 64 schools and 475 AP teachers serving a projected 18,000 enrollments for 11-12 school year.  Participating schools have performed at up to 12 times the national rates of growth in rigorous learning AP math, science and English.
About the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP):  APTIP increases dramatically the performance of high school students in rigorous college-level courses in math, science, and English. The comprehensive APTIP approach increases teacher effectiveness and student achievement through content training, teacher and student support, vertical alignment of teachers, open enrollment, and incentives. Schools participating in the program for the last two years in six states showed a 97.7 percent increase in AP exams passed in math, science, and English, which is seven times the national average.
About NMSI:  NMSI was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education, and science to reverse the United States’ troubling decline in math and science education.  NMSI is focused on improving the American public school system by replicating programs nationally that have documented success: the AP Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) to expand the number high school students mastering college-level Advanced Placement* courses, and UTeach, a program to recruit and prepare college students to become qualified math, science and computer science teachers. The APTIP approach currently is being implemented in 10 states: Arkansas, Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia.  The UTeach program is being implemented by 22 universities across the United States and enrollment has tripled in the last three years.

About the Initiative for Military Families (IMF): The IMF’s mission is to provide consistent, high-level math and science education in high schools serving military bases in the Unites States.   The initiative brings college-level math and science courses to students through the Advanced Placement curriculum and provides continuity for students in that coursework when their families are transferred. The program was launched in the 2010-2011 school year in four public high schools: Ellison High School and Harker Heights High School, which serve Fort Hood in Texas, and Hopkinsville High School and Christian County High School, which serve Fort Campbell in Kentucky.   In 2011, NMSI will expand this program to an additional 28 high schools serving students of military families.

NMSI Media contact: Rena Pederson, Communications Director, National Math and Science Initiative at
(214) 665-2523 or
*AP and Advanced Placement Program are registered trademarks of the College Board.

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