Kathy Reeder ’83 Boerigter

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Kathy Reeder ’83 Boerigter of Los Alamos, New Mexico, has received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), announced by the White House in August and awarded to 213 outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers this year.
The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process at the state level. The honor included recognition and professional development events in Washington, D.C., in September, a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and a certificate signed by President Obama.
Kathy teaches 10th grade chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry at Los Alamos High School, where she also advises the Chem Club (which she started), the Key Club and the Science Bowl Team, which has been to Nationals
six times.
“To receive the Presidential Award is very humbling because I have known and worked with so many outstanding teachers throughout my career,” she notes in her profile on the PAEMST website. “This award acknowledges the passion and dedication that I have put into working with young people over many years. I also see this award as recognition of my fellow staff that support me and provide me with the opportunity to do what I love. The award reflects all of the hours that I never settled for just being good enough for
my students.”

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