Michigan City Area Schools teacher Mike Maesch has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.
Maesch is currently a 6th grade teacher at Knapp Elementary School. His students are excelling at high levels, and he assists MCAS as a teacher leader on math curriculum committees and in leading professional development for his colleagues.
He has been selected as one of six finalists representing the State of Indiana this year for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Specifically, he is being honored as one of the three finalists in our state in the area of math. He will now move on to be considered at the national level this spring.
The Presidential Awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Award recipients serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. National winners receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
Indiana finalists underwent a rigorous application process and were selected by a state committee for their outstanding qualifications. Maesch was honored by the MCAS Board of Trustees at its August meeting; he and the other five finalists will participate in an honor and recognition luncheon in Indianapolis this fall.