WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez met with two New Jersey teachers last week who received the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This honor was given to 97 teachers across the country who have demonstrated a dedication to strengthening STEM education.
Menendez met with Perth Amboy teacher Rebecca McLelland-Crawley and Point Pleasant teacher John McAllen III and their families who visited Washington, D.C. to attend the award ceremony at the White House.
“I am very proud to see New Jersey science teachers honored among the best in the nation,” said Menendez (D-NJ). “Educators like John and Rebecca show the value of investing in science and math education so that our future leaders have the ability to thrive in this time of rapid technological change. John and Rebecca have dedicated their lives to that mission and I hope that their recognition will encourage more bright young individuals to go into teaching as a profession.”
McAllen gave up a successful career as a biomechanical engineer for Johnson & Johnson to shape the engineers of the future. He has taught AP Calculus, precalculus, and geometry at Point Pleasant Borough High School for the past 13 years and also serves as a Professional Learning Community Facilitator and as chairman of the Ocean County Mathematics League. He has also been honored as Governor’s Teacher of the Year.
McLelland-Crawley teaches biology, marine science, and AP Environmental Science at Perth Amboy High School. In her 15 years as a science educator, she has served as president of the Biology Teachers Association of New Jersey and has been named New Jersey Phi Delta Kappa/Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year. She plans to use the $10,000 from the award to work on special programs for her autistic son and to continue pursuing her doctorate at Walden University.