Betsy Barent Selected as State Finalist for Presidential Award

Betsy Barent Selected as State Finalist for Presidential Award

Friday, September 4, 2015

Betsy Barent, Norris Middle School eighth grade science teacher, has been chosen as one of four Nebraska state-level finalist for this year’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching. This recognition identifies Mrs. Barent as representing our state’s best in science teaching at the secondary level.

As a state-level finalist, her application packet has been forwarded for the judging at the national level. As the next part of the selection process, a national committee reporting to the National Science Foundation will select one teacher to represent Nebraska for the Presidential Awards. The teacher selected at the national-level Presidential Awardee will be notified officially by the White House. Each national-level Presidential Awardee will receive $10,000 and an all-expense-paid trip for two to the Presidential Awards Ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

“Betsy is a master teacher, committed to using innovative teaching methods that actively engage students in their own learning.” Mary Jo Leininger, Norris Middle School principal, said. “She has great passion for science and for her students and is very deserving of this prestigious recognition.”

Mrs. Barent is a graduate of Simpson College and holds a Masters of Biology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is in her tenth year at Norris Middle School.

Mrs. Barent will be honored at the fall Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science Conference held later this month in Fremont, Nebraska. The national selection will be announced after the first of the year.