The National Science Foundation awarded Dawn Bauer, school-based learning manager with Denver Public Schools CareerConnect, a 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for kindergarten through sixth grade in Colorado.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Awards winners are announced and honored the year following the receipt of the application. This year awards were handed out to 2014 K-8 honorees and 2015 High School winners.
Each awardee received a certificate signed by President Obama and a $10,000 award from NSF during a special ceremony held on Sept. 8, 2016, at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Bauer had the opportunity to participate in the awards ceremony, other celebratory receptions, professional development programs and discussions with policy-makers on how to improve math and science (including computer science) education.
Bauer has been an educator for nearly 15 years, teaching fourth and fifth grade science and math and eighth grade algebra and physical science. She recently joined the DPS CareerConnect program to help bring real-world coursework into the classroom. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is a passion for Bauer, and she brings her enthusiasm to both the classroom and the CareerConnect team as they continue to develop rigorous, project-based material for students.
Bauer graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree biological sciences, received her elementary teaching certificate from the University of Washington at Bothell, and is certified in science and elementary education in grades 6–12.
“The Presidential Award is a great honor and is a reflection of my perseverance, professional development, personal research, risk-taking, and most importantly, my learning — from every teacher, student, and colleague that I’ve ever known,” said Bauer.
“I believe that science is everywhere and integration of science and engineering practices across multiple content areas is the key to engaging all students and helping them succeed,” she added. “This award fuels my desire to ensure this belief becomes reality.”
Read more about Bauer’s experience on the PAEMST Recognition Program website.