To receive the Presidential Award reinforces my beliefs in public education.  My choices as an educator are made by keeping in mind what is best for my students.  I am truly honored and humbled to represent my state, my fellow educators, and most importantly my students, in being recognized by the National Science Foundation.  I hope my efforts inspire others to strive for excellence in science education, as our students deserve the best of us so we can get the best out of them.  

Maureen Miller Hurricane, WV | 7-12, Science, 2015

Becoming an educator was a second career choice for Maureen Miller. She has taught Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Advanced Placement Environmental Science at the high school level for six years. Maureen has been teaching 8th grade General Science since 2013 at Hurricane Middle School. From training she received at the West Virginia Teacher Leadership Institute, Maureen established a project-based oriented classroom. Her students are often engaged in cross-curricular lessons that are inquiry-based. Her students have won awards at academic competitions such as the West Virginia “You Be the Chemist,” Math Field Day, and the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe Knights in history. In 2012, two of her chemistry students presented with her at the National Science Teachers’ Association Conference.   Maureen earned a B.S. in sports medicine/athletic training from the University of Charleston and a M.S. in exercise physiology from Marshall University. She received her Accelerated Certification for Teaching from Wheeling Jesuit University. Maureen is certified in five-adult General Science, biology, chemistry, and physics. She achieved National Board Certification in 2013 and was awarded the Golden Apple Achievement Award by Arch Coal.