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Broomall Firefighter Receives Honor From Obama

25-year Broomall Fire Co. member Richard Schmidt was recently recognized by President Barack Obama as an outstanding math and science teacher.

BROOMALL–A 25-year . member was recently recognized by President Obama as an outstanding educator of science and math.

According to Broomall Fire Co.'s Public Information Officer Tony Cavarocchi, Richard Schmidt served on the Broomall Fire Co.'s Honor Guard. Schmidt is currently a teacher of advanced geoscience and physics at Upper Dublin Senior High School in Fort Washington.

Schmidt was among 2011's 97 teachers named from across the United States to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Only one or two teachers from each state are recognized of this achievement.

The educators were presented with the award and $10,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) last month in Washington, D.C.

According to a press release from the White House:

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades.

“America’s success in the 21st century depends on our ability to educate our children, give our workers the skills they need, and embrace technological change. That starts with the men and women in front of our classrooms. These teachers are the best of the best, and they stand as excellent examples of the kind of leadership we need in order to train the next generation of innovators and help this country get ahead,” said President Obama.

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