High school math teacher earns honor

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Nathan Shields of Fort Vancouver High School is among six Washington teachers selected as state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced Wednesday.

Finalists were selected by a state selection committee composed of content-area experts and award-winning teachers. Nominees recently were confirmed by the national PAEMST program.

Shields, a national board-certified math instructor, was lauded for “creative use of technology, exceptional instruction and approachable sense of humor,” a nomination profile said. He was instrumental in securing an iPod grant for Fort Vancouver to give students interactive tools to learn and reinforce key math concepts.

State-level finalists are recognized by regional and state math and science associations, and will be invited to events for Washington’s Exceptional Educators in the next year.

For more on all six winners can be found at http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/PressReleases2011/NationalAward.aspx.