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Algonquin teacher receives national award

Published: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 8:33 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 10:30 p.m. CST

An Algonquin teacher has been recognized by President Barack Obama for being an outstanding math teacher.

Lisa Feltman, a fifth-grade teacher at Neubert Elementary in Algonquin, was one of 102 teachers Friday to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The honor is awarded annually to outstanding elementary, middle and high school science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level.

Each year the award alternates between individuals teaching kindergarten through sixth grade and those teaching seventh through 12th grades.

Feltman had been nominated twice before by Neubert Principal Darlene Warner. Feltman was a state finalist for the 2008 award.

The Lake in the Hills resident has worked in District 300 for 24 years, and she has taught both students in special education and general education.

She has been at Neubert for 14 years. In her classroom, Feltman said she tries to think outside the box and promote active and engaged learners.

As part of the award, she will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation to be used at her discretion.

Feltmen said she isn’t sure how she will use the money yet, but said she would like to be able to give back to the school by purchasing materials students can use for hands-on learning.

“I want to buy more things to help my school and help my students,” Feltman said.

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