Teacher is finalist for national award

Woodbridge High math teacher Kristie Donavan has been named a finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program, considered the highest honor the U.S. government gives to STEM teachers.

Established in 1983, the awards are administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Each year, up to 108 teachers across the U.S. are honored.

Donavan is among seven California finalists for the awards, which are given to educators demonstrating deep knowledge of their subjects and the ability to motivate and engage students. Recipients are awarded $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

This is the second time in three years that Donavan has been selected as a finalist.

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