Bak Middle School
of the Arts
Tracy Smith, an 8th grade gifted science teacher at Bak Middle School of the Arts, learned that she had been selected as the winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Teaching (PAEMST).
The PAEMST program, administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recognizes outstanding teachers for their contributions to the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.
What started as a project in the Movie Making Club for fourth and fifth grade students at Elbridge Gale Elementary School turned into a VIP ticket to the White House.
Students took the trip of a lifetime with their teacher, Marggy Pereira, to the White House Student Film Festival after their film “The World That Exists” was selected to be featured at the film festival.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Melody Vela, an Early Childhood specialist at Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School, was recently named a 2016 Javits-Frasier Scholar by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).
The Javits-Frasier Scholars Program recognizes passionate, innovative educators who work in districts that serve students from low-income and minority populations that are historically underrepresented in gifted education.