President Barack Obama recently awarded Pamela Thompson '09 (shown in red sweater) the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching. She was one of just 41 science teachers nationally who received the award, which is the highest recognition that a K-12 teacher may receive. A science teacher at Madison Elementary School in Somerset County, Maine, she recently earned her master's degree in education at Saint Joseph's. Winners of the Presidential teaching award receive $10,000 awards from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the White House awards ceremony and several days of educational events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders.