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Each won a $10,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and a free trip to Washington, D.C., where they joined 93 other math and science teachers being honored by President Bush.
"We hope their example will stimulate the creativity of other teachers and help attract new recruits to the mathematics and science teaching profession," said Mark Saul, program director of elementary and secondary education at the National Science Foundation, which administers the awards.
Kaichi said she tries to instill her passion for math in her students, acting as a guide and emphasizing how math skills apply to real life.
Fitzgerald emphasizes experiments in her classes at Sacred Hearts, and said students especially enjoyed environmental science this year, creating hydroponic gardening tools to grow plants in water, for example.
"The students learn so much more about the concepts through hands-on activities," she said. "I really believe in child-centered, discovery-based learning, where I provide some guidance but let the kids discover the concepts for themselves."
The 2005 Presidential Award nominations are now open for math and science teachers in grade 7 through 12. .