2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching
Each year the President of the U.S. recognizes outstanding K-12 science
and math teachers throughout the country. One math and one science
educator is chosen from each state who exemplifies deep content
knowledge combined with the ability to motivate students in science and
Pamela Googe’s class enjoys studying dirt from different regions of Georgia. Students are given samples to sift, categorize, and graph. “This lesson is fun because it takes something simple like dirt and makes a lasting impression on a young mind,” stated Googe. She often has her students engage in group work because she feels it helps eliminate their fear and intimidation of a lesson.
I have a hands-on, energy-filled style of teaching. I also take the time to evaluate and reteach my students concepts about which they seemed uncertain. By going back over completed units with refresher activities, I help my students build a stronger foundation for their learning.