We are excited and proud to announce that Mrs. Jane Ramos, GMS science teacher, has been recognized with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for 2019/2020. The White House announced this year's awardees on August 3, 2020.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Up to 108 teachers are recognized each year.
Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
Awardees also join an active network of outstanding educators from throughout the nation. Since 1983, more than 5,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the Nation’s teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement.
Jane Ramos has been an educator for 30 years and has spent the last 22 years teaching science at Gallagher Middle School. She currently teaches middle school science. Before teaching middle school, she taught at William Winsor Elementary School for six years and was a secondary special educator at Smithfield High School for one year.
Through her life-long love of science coupled with her enthusiasm for teaching adolescents, Mrs. Ramos has developed a student-centered learning environment where students are comfortable taking risks. She carefully designs lessons that are relevant, investigative, challenging, and encourage students to think like scientists.
As a member of the Rhode Island network of science instructional leaders, Mrs. Ramos creates tools to inform teaching and learning and develops common assessments. She has also collaborated with JASON Learning to design a unit of instruction on climate change aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.
Mrs. Ramos served as an educator ashore for Dr. Robert Ballard’s EV Nautilus ship that is dedicated to exploration. She also spent a week as a JASON teacher argonaut in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest where she learned about insect biodiversity and walked along the canopy walkway.
Each spring, Mrs. Ramos brings groups of students to Prudence Island in the Narragansett Bay where they can observe the effects of sea level rise on the coastlines of Rhode Island.
She earned a B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Rhode Island in elementary education and a M.Ed. from Providence College in secondary special education. She is certified in elementary education and middle school science education.
Upon being notified of receiving this prestigious award, Mrs. Ramos had this to say:
"It is an honor to be recognized for the years I have devoted to honing my craft. Making science meaningful to students is such a vital part of their education. This award inspires me to continue encouraging students to observe the world around them and wonder why things are the way they are so they may appreciate our fascinating world. The Presidential Award makes me proud to be a science educator."