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Enterprise teacher is a finalist for a national award

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 2:08 PM CDT
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ENTERPRISE, Miss. (WTOK) - Jacqueline Lewis, a mathematics and AP computer science teacher at Enterprise High School, recently found out she was nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

“It’s surreal. It brought me to tears when the man that nominated me came and told me. He’s an administrator at our school, Chris Randall, director of technology. When he told me that he had nominated me, I was brought to tears,” Lewis said.

The process after nomination involves writing multiple narratives and having colleagues send in recommendations. Only one finalist from the math and science categories will receive the award.

“I’d first like to thank Chris Randall for the nomination; that was gracious. But working at Enterprise School District has afforded me so many opportunities. We have an administration that supports the teachers like you would not believe. Bubba Brannan, our principal, and Josh Perkins, our superintendent, they’re amazing,” Lewis said. “And the colleagues and the kids I teach, it’s just a great place to teach.”

Lewis wants to emphasize that although she was nominated for the award, she couldn’t have done it without her team.

“It’s team. It’s a team. In fact, I almost feel kind of guilty to be, and certainly humbled, to be singled out of that team,” Lewis said. “Because this a whole team that works together, the kids, the teachers, the co-workers, the administrators, the whole district.”

Scientists and engineers at the National Science Foundation will judge entries and the winner will be announced August 2022.

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