Seven Delaware teachers were named finalists for the top recognition that K-12 mathematics and science teachers can receive for their teaching in the U.S.

These finalists will be honored at a banquet at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Delaware State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center in Dover, alongside the state’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners.

The 2017 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching finalists include three math and four science teachers from Appoquinimink, Caesar Rodney, Polytech and Indian River school districts; MOT Charter School; and the private Tatnall School. Finalists earn a chance to be named a 2017 math or science awardee by the U.S. Department of Education.

2017 Mathematics finalists are Thomas Becker, MOT Charter School, ninth through 11th grade; Kathleen Olenderski, Appoquinimink School District’s Alfred G. Waters Middle School, eighth grade; and Vickie Pendleton, Indian River School District’s Georgetown Middle School, eighth grade.

2017 Science finalists are Jennifer Bradshaw, Polytech School District’s Polytech High School, 10th-grade biology; Robert Ferrell, Appoquinimink School District’s Louis L. Redding Middle School, eighth grade; Joshua Gates, private Tatnall School, 11th- and 12th-grade physics; and Todd Klawinski, Caesar Rodney School District’s F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School, seventh and eighth grade.

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