Monday, January 4, 2010


Principal Deb Gillespie writes: Greta Mills, an HHS math teacher, has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from the State of New Hampshire. The Presidential Award program identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers who qualify to serve as models for their colleagues. Greta was one of two math teachers recognized in New Hampshire. Now her candidacy will be moved to the national level. Hanover High School is proud to have two previous Presidential Award winners, Jeanine King (Math) and Kevin Lavigne (Chemistry).

Greta remembers: This is my 10th year teaching at Hanover. I taught for four years at Kearsarge Regional High, my alma mater. Incidentally, my high school math teacher, Herwood "Zeke" Curtiss, was the first NH recipient of the Presidential Award, back in 1983. I think I was in Algebra 2 with him that year.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. After state winners are chosen, the National Science Foundation convenes its selection committee of prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science educators, and past awardees who recommend to NSF a finalist in each category (mathematics or science). The Director of NSF then submits to the President of the United States a single finalist in each category for each state.