BATTLE GROUND, Wash. -- Meredith Gannon, an instructional coach at Tukes Valley Primary in Battle Ground, Washington, has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
The award, which is given out each year by the National Science Foundations, is the highest national honor a teacher can receive.
Gannon will receive a $10,000 award and commemorative certificate at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. later this year.
As an instructional coach, Gannon helps teachers incorporate the most effective teaching methods.
Gannon said she prefers hands-on projects, especially in the outdoors, versus traditional teaching methods. She has coordinated programs such as Salmon in the Classroom and a solar panel array.
"Using outdoor learning, I strive to help students make strong personal connections with the natural world and empower them to use their knowledge and skills to make positive contributions to our society," Gannon said.
She has also been an instructional coach at Glenwood Heights Primary School in Vancouver, Washington, and Maple Grove K-8 School in Battle Ground, Washington. Before that, she taught at Sacajawea Elementary School in Vancouver.
Gannon has also won the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence and two local Teacher of the Year awards. She has also received the Department of Education Green Ribbon School Award and five Washington Green School Awards.