The Presidential Award is an amazing honor. Young students are natural scientists who use the scientific process in their daily explorations. Many view science education as high school or college content. Bringing awareness to the importance of science education for young students is a passion of mine. The Presidential Award means that I will have increased opportunities to expose students to quality science instruction. Science is the future; this award will give my students the future.

Mathilda Uribe Salt Lake City, UT | K-6, Science, 2010

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Mathilda Uribe has taught first grade in the Salt Lake City School District for 17 years and has spent the last 9 years teaching at Escalante Elementary. She has taught all core subjects emphasizing science. As Escalante Elementary’s Science Specialist, Mathilda trains all prekindergarten through sixth grade teachers on inquiry-based science. She also teaches in the classroom full time, serves as the English Language Development Specialist, and is a site teacher educator for the University of Utah. Conveying a love for science and creating inquiry lessons and activities for students and teachers are Mathilda’s trademarks. She served on the kindergarten through second grade Science Core Writing Committee and co-teaches an inquiry-based science curriculum class for lower-grade teachers. Mathilda has presented on integrating science to preservice teachers at Westminster College. She has also presented at the West Coast Literacy Conference and the Utah Conference for Education Technology. Mathilda has B.S. degrees in early childhood education and psychology from Westminster College. She is certified to teach kindergarten through third grade and has an English as a second language endorsement from the University of Utah.

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