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Gloucester teacher named finalist for presidential award in science

Stephanie Sowers, a seventh grade science teacher at Peasley Middle School, is one of five Virginia teachers who have been selected as state finalists for the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

“I was just thrilled. It was really good news,” Sowers said in a phone interview on Thursday. “It's exciting and it validates all the hard work and energy I've put forth to help my students experience the wonders of Life Science. I work with some amazing teachers who put their heart and soul into providing awesome lessons and field experiences for our kids. This award validates our work.”

Sowers has taught at Peasley for 14 years. She said the nominations is a sort of reinforcement that she is achieving her goal of helping students learn and love science, while sharing that sense of wonder, excitement and creativity.

According to a news release from the Virginia Department of Education, the award is regarded as the nation’s top honor for mathematics and science teachers and recognizes teachers who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs that improve student learning.

Sowers was chosen from 78 science nominees by a committee organized by the Virginia Department of Education

President Barrack Obama is expected to announce the 2015 winners next year. The winners will receive $10,000, a presidential certificate and a trip to the nation’s capital.

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