On July 1, President Obama named Sheboygan North High School teacher Corey Andreasen and 107 other mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level.
"These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science,” said President Obama, according to a news release from the White House press secretary. “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.”
Corey has been teaching for 21 years, with 17 of them at North High School. He teaches Advanced Placement Statistics, Transition to College Mathematics, and Math Literacy.
North High School Principal Jason Bull shared some insight into working with Corey. “Being student centered is serving our students, parents, and staff well as witnessed by Corey’s daily encounters with our student body exceeding 1500 students. He takes time to build meaningful relationships with not only our students and parents, but also the staff. These relationships can be witnessed through the culture of learning and exploration that is fostered within his classroom, the leadership he provides within the department, and cross-curricular activities Corey coordinates. Whether he is facilitating discussions of best practices with the Mathematics and Science department members or working side-by-side with students on the Math Team, Corey is compassionate, understanding, knowledgeable, and patient. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Corey is creative. He is invariably looking for ways to infuse technology into his curriculum, communicating with other professionals to refine his craft, reflecting on his practice, and researching ideas to expose students and the community to the large world of mathematics.”
Corey is a leader in the mathematics and statistics education communities nationwide. He has consulted recently on two AP statistics textbooks and written supplemental classroom materials for statistics teachers. Furthermore, Corey facilitates and co-facilitates workshops for mathematics teachers on a variety of topics, including Common Core workshops on modeling with probability and statistics. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Mathematics Council and on committees at the state and national levels.
Sheboygan Area School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph Sheehan praised Andreasen saying, “Corey is a highly-respected teacher in our district and our students are fortunate to have a teacher that is so committed to improving mathematics instruction, as he is constantly improving himself.”
Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.
The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, event later this summer.