Kelly Smith, Published January 06 2010
President Obama honors Fargo teacherFARGO - A Fargo teacher was among educators from across the country honored at the White House today by President Barack Obama.
Kennedy Elementary School second-grade teacher Angela Hansen Cook was one of nearly 90 teachers across the country recognized for receiving a top award in math and science excellence.
“We are here today to honor teachers and mentors … who are upholding their responsibility not just to the young people who they teach but to our country by inspiring and educating a new generation in math and science,” Obama told them today.
Hansen Cook and the other teachers received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
She is the only North Dakota winner to receive the annual award this year, which is given to the best K-12 science and math teachers from across the country.
She was honored specifically for her work in training teachers to use cognitively guided instruction, which teaches children problem-solving skills.
After she found out about being a recipient of the award last July, she told The Forum: “It’s just really nice to be recognized for all the things I do everyday in the classroom.”
Hansen Cook, a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, has taught for about 13 years.
Besides the trip to Washington D.C., she received $10,000 from the National Science Foundation to use at her discretion.
She and her husband will meet tomorrow with North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad to discuss education issues and to tour the Capitol.
“Ms. Hansen-Cook is being honored today for her commitment to providing quality learning opportunities for students and colleagues alike,” Conrad said in a statement. “She is a highly-skilled teacher, and we are fortunate to have her in a North Dakota classroom.”
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