HURRICANE, W.Va. -- A Putnam County teacher has been named an outstanding science teacher by President Obama, one of 102 educators across the country to receive the distinction.
Barbara Black, a third-grade teacher at West Teays Elementary School, has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, an annual award given to K-12 teachers from the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
Each year the awards alternate between K-6 teachers and teachers in grades 7-12. After a selection process at the state level, a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators choose the winners.
Winners of the presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Each award winner will spend several days in Washington, D.C., attending various educational events and celebrations, including visits to members of Congress and the president's administration.
Black is one of two West Virginia educators to receive the award. The other, Gabrielle Rhodes, is a teacher at Union Elementary School in Buckhannon.