• PSB Teacher Laura Richardson Honored for Her Work Teaching Math and Science

    Congratulations to Baker School first grade teacher Laura Richardson for being named a finalist for the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, a prestigious recognition that puts her in the running with only one other Massachusetts teacher. Ms. Richardson combines her passion for science with her passion for teaching, getting students excited about learning and working together. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science is considered to be the nation’s highest honor for teachers of math and science, with awardees serving as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of math and science education.

    Ms. Richardson believes that science is an incredible way to allow students to learn because it is hands on and unleashes children’s natural curiosity. Ms. Richardson’s application for the award focuses on her work with insects. Why insects? She finds the world of insects offers students endless opportunities to investigate, observe and compare - exactly the skills that all scientists use.

    If Ms. Richardson is selected as the award recipient, she will travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in workshops and training. Her nomination alone, however, gives her a position in the cabinet for the state of Massachusetts -- an opportunity that allows her to provide input on educational matters. Though the application process is lengthy, Ms. Richardson shared that the reflection it required gave her a better sense of where students are both coming from and going to in their learning, and thus has helped her improve her teaching.

    With pride and gratitude, PSB extends heartfelt congratulations to Ms. Richardson for her passion, creativity, and dedication -- and for bringing that and more to the students of Brookline.

    Interested in learning more about Ms. Richardson’s work? Click here to read her blog.