Indo-American Teacher Receives U.S. President’s Award

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WASHINGTON – Darshan Jain, an Indo-American teacher from Illinois, has been named by U.S. President Barack Obama for prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Obama has named 108 Mathematics and Science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Jain and other winners will receive a $10,000 award each from the National Science Foundation. They will be also invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.

The award is given annually to outstanding K-12 Science and Mathematics teachers from across the country.

“These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for Math and Science,” President Obama said.

“Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow,” he said.

Obama is strengthening education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields in order to fully harness the promise to American students.

President Obama launched the ‘Educate to Innovate’ campaign, which has garnered more than USD 1 billion in financial and in-kind support for STEM programs.

The President has called for preparing 100,000 excellent science and mathematics teachers over the next decade, which led to the creation of ‘100kin10’, a coalition of leading corporations, philanthropies, universities, service organizations, and others working to train and retain STEM teachers across the Nation.

In addition, the President’s proposed STEM Master Teacher Corps aims to leverage the expertise of some of the nation’s best and brightest teachers in Science and Mathematics to elevate the teaching of these subjects nationwide.