It’s not every day you see a 6-foot Yellow Jacket roaming the hallways of your school, so last week, when Black Hills State University mascot Sting showed up at Belle Fourche Middle School it was definitely a surprise – especially for fifth-grade science teacher Ann Anderson.
|BHSU mascot Sting and Tom Wheaton, director of Alumni Relations, showed up in Ann Anderson’s classroom to congratulate the educator and 2010 BHSU graduate on receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Sting and Tom Wheaton, director of Alumni Relations, showed up in Anderson’s classroom to congratulate the educator and 2010 BHSU graduate on receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Sting and Wheaton presented Anderson with a gift from BHSU and told her class how proud her alma mater was of her recent accomplishment.
Anderson was among the 100 educators nationwide to receive the prestigious national award. Erin Marsh, math teacher at the Pierre Indian Learning Center and also a BHSU graduate, was the other South Dakota educator who received the award.
Winners, two from each state, get a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Anderson and Marsh were also invited to Washington for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and other events, including visits with members of Congress and the Obama administration.
Anderson credited winning the award to the outstanding students, parents and staff she works with in Belle Fourche. “The award illustrates my passion for continued learning which is prevalent in a teacher’s career. I believe more teachers should be recognized for their hard work and dedication to the profession.”
She added that such a prestigious award would not have been possible without the many BHSU professors she had during her time at BHSU.