Cooperating Teacher Honored at the White House

Julie Riggins, a mathematics teacher at East Forsyth High School has been presented the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This is the highest honor conferred by the national government on science and mathematics teachers. She was one of two awardees in North Carolina and traveled to Washington this summer to receive the award and meet with President Obama. Ms. Riggins works regularly with student teaching interns from Wake Forest.  This year she is teaching Math 1, Pre-Calculus, and Essentials for College Math. She says, “Each class, each level of math is different. For every class, it’s about getting students to be OK with discovering something. It’s about getting kids to appreciate math, to appreciate that it’s not just a bunch of numbers and letters on a piece of paper. My best days are when I can help a student see there is math outside the classroom.”

Julie Riggins accepting Teaching Excellence Award at the White House
Julie Riggins (center) receives congratulations from Megan Smith, the chief technology officer of the U.S., and France Cordova, director of the National Science Foundation.