The Presidential Award would serve as the highest recognition of my dedication to guiding my young learners to become scientific thinkers. It would honor the memory of my father, who valued education above all else as the driving force to succeed. He inspired me to have a love of learning, and I strive to pass that on to my students each day. Their curiosity is my motivation to present them with challenges as I watch them grow as learners. They enter as children, but leave as scientists.

Helen Rogosin New York, NY | K-6, Science, 2012

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Helen Rogosin taught first grade at Public School 198 for 9 years. Helen has taught gifted kindergartners for 4 years at the Florence Nightingale School, Public School 110. Communicating her love of science through observation and developing interesting activities are Helen's hallmarks. She developed an enrichment model on prehistoric life, which spanned several grades. This unit supplements the current nonfiction units and involves families in research. In 2008, Helen won the Children for Children's grant. This allowed her to participate in her first paleontological dig, which she documented in pictures and videos. The unique experience enabled her to convey basic scientific concepts to her first graders. Students eagerly engaged in research stations funded by the grant. Helen continues to write grant proposals and has won more than 25 grants. As a result of her efforts to bring resources to students, classrooms have received books, art supplies, trips, and technology, which have benefited both Helen's own students and those of her colleagues. Helen has a B.S. in political science and an M.S., magna cum laude, in education from Brooklyn College. She has been a certified elementary teacher for 13 years and has held specialized certification in gifted and talented education for 6 years.

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