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Media highlights USM’s Laura Stevens, winner of the Presidential STEM award

Laura Stevens

USM alumna, Laura Stevens won The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is one of two Mainers to be recognized with the prestigious award.

Stevens received her master's degree in literacy education from the University of Southern Maine in 2005. She currently teaches at Kaler Elementary School as well as at USM teaching a course entitled ‘Inquiry in Education’ for students in the Masters in Teachers and Learning extended teacher education program (ETEP).

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is given to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. Stevens is one of only 213 teachers nationwide to be awarded. The award ceremony was held on Sept. 8 in Washington, D.C., the winners received a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion.

“President Obama said, “The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our nation’s success.”

To learn more about USM alumna Laura Stevens receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching: 

Click here to read the Bangor Daily News article

Click here to read the Portland Press Herald article

Click here to see the WMTW interview

Click here to read the Keep ME Current interview