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Hockinson teacher is state finalist for mathematics teaching award

The Columbian
Published: May 25, 2024, 5:55am

HOCKINSON — Renae Skar, a fourth-grade teacher at Hockinson Heights Elementary School, is one of four state finalists for the 2024 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Skar has taught kindergarten through fifth-grade classes throughout her 19-year career in education. Skar has taught at Hockinson Heights Elementary School for seven years. She holds a master of arts degree in education and a national board certificate as an early childhood generalist.

“Renae Skar is deserving of recognition for her superior work ethic, ability to design rigorous, engaging lessons, and her ability to inspire her students to think of themselves as student scientists who are fully capable of addressing real-world issues and making a positive mark in the world,” said Meredith Gannon, principal at Hockinson Heights Elementary School.

“All my science units begin with a real-world problem or project,” said Skar. “The salmon unit, in particular, stands out. My students are enthusiastic about hands-on activities, and this concept leaves a lasting impression. Throughout the year, they learn about and care for salmon, culminating in the release of these fish into their natural habitat. This meaningful, real-world experience not only creates lasting memories but also shows students how their actions can make a difference.”