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Boston school teacher from Natick to be honored at White House

Posted July 12, 2009 03:45 PM

A Boston public school teacher from Natick has received a prestigious presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The teacher, Erin Flynn, is a science specialist at the John D. Philbrick Elementary School in Roslindale. She and other award recipients will be feted this fall at a White House ceremony.

According to the Boston Public Schools, the awards "represent the highest award a kindergarten – grade 12 math or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States."

“Ms. Flynn is a shining example of the great work happening every day in our schools. Her passion is bringing science to life for students and we congratulate her on this pestigious accomplishment,” Boston Superintendent Carol R. Johnson said in a statement.

BPS said in a release that Ms. Flynn has taught at the Philbrick for five years and in BPS for eight years. In 2008, she received the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence for her innovative approach to helping students explore science topics through applied experiments. Ms. Flynn also published an article in the National Science Teachers Association journal Science and Children, featuring the work of the Philbrick Science Showcase. The family event celebrates students’ science learning and highlights the school’s ongoing partnership with the Boston Nature Center.

A release from the school system said "Ms. Flynn is the second BPS teacher in as many years to be selected as a state finalist for the PAEMST. Last year, Matthew Anthes-Washburn, a physics teacher at Boston International High School, was selected as the Massachusetts recipient of the award and joined teachers from across the country in Washington, D.C. for a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities."

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