STEM Teachers Are Eligible for A Presidential Award

BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV)-- One of the two Rockingham County teachers nominated for this award works here at John Wayland Elementary school near Bridgewater.

These teachers are actually serving as role models for other schools throughout the county.

Susan Eckenrode is a second grade teacher at John Wayland Elementary School. She's one of three finalists selected out of a thousand other teachers in Virginia for the presidential awards for excellence in mathematics and science teaching.

"Yeah, I'm really excited. I'm so honored. It's just amazing. After 20 years of teaching, I really feel validated," said Eckenrode.

Eric Imbrescia is also a finalist. He's a math teacher at Peak View Elementary School, and says he's honored to be nominated too.
The award recognizes teachers who develop and implement high-quality programs in the classroom.

"I just try to make every day as exciting as possible," said Eckenrode.

All that hard work could lead to big rewards. Winners get $10,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to be honored.

The winner of this award won't be announced until December, so we've got a few months to wait to see if this will turn out for these teachers. In the meantime, it's exciting going into the new school year. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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