Stephanie Steines.
Stephanie Steines.
Decorah High School math teacher Stephanie Steines is one of four Iowa educators named state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

“Iowa's educators have made the state a leader in science, technology, engineering and math education,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise. “These award-winning teachers lead the way toward excellence and are an inspiration to all.”

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation’s highest honors for kindergarten through 12th grade educators of math and science.

More than 5.000 teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions have been recognized since Congress created the program in 1983. The awards are administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Recognized for their contributions in the classroom and their profession, award recipients are leaders in the improvement of math and science education and role models for their colleagues and in their communities.

Award recipients receive a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend recognition events and pursue professional development opportunities, a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and a certificate signed by the president of the United States.

The other math finalist is Sharon Jaeschke, Southeast Valley High School, Gowrie; the two science finalists are Bradley Johnson, Central Academy, Des Moines Public Schools; and Carol Reierson, North Fayette Valley Community School District, Elgin.