Two Treasure Valley teachers honored with president’s award

Two Treasure Valley public school instructors have received the President's Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Recipients are: Ramey Uriarte, a math coach in Boise School District, and Melyssa Ferro, a science teacher at Syringa Middle School in Caldwell. Each will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

The pair are among 108 instructors recognized by the President for their teaching in math and science. Winners come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools.

Before coming to Boise School District, Uriarte spent 16 years teaching math in West Ada School District middle and high schools. The Statesman featured him in a story last year on teaching math under the state's new Idaho Core Standards. He used credit cards to teach about percentages and proportion at Heritage Middle School..

"I am honored to be acknowledged for taking the risks in my instructional practice in order to improve my practice.” Uriarte said in a statement after learning of the award. “It is a confidence booster to know that the practices that I am implementing in my classroom are appreciated and supported by the White House."

Ferro teachers earth, life and advanced science to seventh and eighth graders.

"The Presidential Award recognizes science educators across the nation who are supporting the creation of innovators and critical thinkers for our country’s future,” she said.