Henrico teacher honored with award, $10,000 prize

Posted at 12:49 PM, Jan 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-06 12:49:19-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – A Henrico County teacher has won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Trevvett Elementary School science teacher Elizabeth Miller is one of 102 teachers honored across the nation.

“She does a really great job of getting to know the students and what makes them tick,” Trevvett principal Mandi Mulholland. “If a kid loves soccer, she finds a way to use soccer to help them learn. It’s never quiet in her room — there’s always something going on and the students are excited and eager to tell you about what they are learning.”

Miller joined Henrico schools in 2004. She has been a teacher for 14 years.

“My students and parents let me know on a daily basis that they appreciate what I do,” Miller said in a statement. “This award is about getting that acknowledgement from outside the classroom, for what teachers do every day. It’s saying, ‘There are a lot of teachers doing a great job, and here are 102 of them.’ Getting that outside recognition is nice.”

Winners are chosen from each of the 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.

In addition to the award, Miller receives $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.