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Forum staff reports, Published January 07 2010

Obama honors Fargo elementary teacher

A Fargo teacher was among educators from across the country honored on Wednesday at the White House by President Obama.

Kennedy Elementary School second-grade teacher Angela Hansen Cook was one of nearly 90 teachers from across the country to be honored for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

“It was very exciting to be there at the White House – a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Hansen Cook said from Washington, D.C.

She stood a couple of feet away from Obama during a photo taken with him and the award recipients, calling him “very personable and gracious.”

Hansen Cook is the only North Dakota winner to receive the annual award this year, which is given to the nation’s top K-12 science and math teachers.

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.