MOORE — Two Oklahoma teachers were recognized by the State Board of Education for receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Annette Huett, who teaches fourth grade at Kelley Elementary in Moore, attended with her principal Dena Taylor.
Diane Reece, who taught kindergarten at Bokoshe Public School in Leflore County, died of leukemia on Dec. 4. She was 61.
Her daughters Kasandra Lovell, a teacher in Spiro, and Kris Williams, a teacher in Bokoshe, as well as her husband Bill Reece, a retired superintendent from Bokoshe, attended the meeting. They presented a video of Ms. Reece teaching science to her elementary students, and her daughters spoke of their mother’s legacy.
The two Oklahomans are among 102 teachers nationwide to receive this highest award for K-12 math and science teaching. The honor comes with a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C., for a number of celebrations.