To me the Presidential Award is recognition of our (my students, my colleagues, and myself) planning, hard work, successes, failures, lessons learned, back to the drawing boards, second and third attempts, sleepless nights, and synergistic relationships. It is the ultimate pat on the back that says thank you for all that you do behind the scenes, thank you for how much you care about all of your students, and thank you for doing the little things that often take a lot of thought and energy.

Anthony Borgueta Barrington, RI | 7-12, Science, 2015

Anthony Borgueta has been teaching 7th and 8th grade science at Barrington Middle School for the past 15 years. He has implemented numerous professional development initiatives, most recently adopting Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA), a four-stage problem solving model used to promote student ownership of learning. Clear expectations, an interactive website, and an authentic approach provide Anthony’s classroom foundation. Through one-on-one conferencing, an afterschool homework club, and enrichment based academic support, his students find excitement, challenge, and success in science. Anthony helped to write Rhode Island’s Grade Span Expectations in Science and reviewed the Next Generation Science Standards. He was also a contributor to “Earthcaching: A Teacher’s Guide,” a publication sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Anthony’s awards include the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence and the 2009 Barrington Public Schools Teacher of the Year. He has received numerous educational grants, including an $84,000 Champlin Foundations grant to introduce new technology into Barrington’s science curriculum. Anthony earned a B.S. in microeconomics from Susquehanna University and a M.S. in counseling from Providence College. He received his General Science secondary education certificate with middle school endorsement from the University of Rhode Island.