GOULDSBORO — Marielle Edgecomb, a teacher at the Peninsula School, is one of four Maine educators who will receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in kindergarten through 12th grade.
The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize and is the highest granted by the U.S. government for math and science teaching in public schools.
Edgecomb has been noted for her innovative teaching methods, among them allowing students to stand or sit on whatever helps them concentrate — whether a therapy ball or wiggle cushion.
The awards were established by Congress in 1983. The president may bestow up to 108 awards each year to math and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions.
The award recognizes teachers who develop and implement a high quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning.
The National Science Foundation administers the award on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.