President Obama selects RCS educator for prestigious science award;
only Tennessee science teacher to be honored

 Award includes trip to Washington, $10,000 prize

MURFREESBORO — President Barack Obama has selected an educator from Rutherford County as the winner of a prestigious national science award. 

Gail Schulte, an instructional facilitator for Rutherford County Schools, has been named the 2011 honoree for science from Tennessee for the Presidential Award of Excellence 

in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Schulte is the only science teacher from Tennessee selected for the award this year.

The award is given annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2011 awardees teach 7th through 12th grades.

As an instructional facilitator, Schulte serves in a mentor role for newer teachers to help them build a confident foundation in the classroom. She worked as a science teacher at Smyrna Middle School during the 2010-2011 school year, and a fellow teacher nominated her for the award. She then had to complete a lengthy application process, which led to being named a state finalist.

In the next few weeks, she will travel to Washington D.C. for a four-day stay where she will meet President Obama, members of Congress, participate in several education forums and be awarded $10,000.

The full press release from the White House can be viewed HERE