Charles Barrett Elementary School math teacher Cari Del Fratte has been named one of six Virginia finalists for the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is regarded as the nation’s top honor for mathematics and science teachers and recognizes teachers who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs that improve student learning.
Del Fratte is a 3rd-grade math interventionist/enrichment teacher who has been at Charles Barrett Elementary School for three years. She and her fellow finalists were selected from among more than 80 nominees.
Our school community is so proud of Cari and thrilled that she is getting this recognition. Her ability to help every student reach their inner mathematician is truly unparalleled. She is one of the most dedicated, innovative and collaborative educators that I have ever worked with. We are so lucky to have her on our staff team and we are cheering her on as a finalist for this award,” said Charles Barrett Principal Seth Kennard.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House. Each year, the award alternates between teachers in grades K-6 and teachers in grades 7-12.
The program was established by Congress in 1983 and authorizes the president to bestow up to 108 awards each year to honor outstanding mathematics and science teachers in the 50 states and in Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of Defense schools and schools in federal territories.
The 2016 winners will be announced by the president next year. The winners will receive $10,000, a presidential certificate and a trip to the nation’s capital for a series of recognition events and professional development activities.
This award exemplifies ACPS 2020 Goal 3: An Exemplary Staff.