Fernley teacher gets presidential award

Published: Sep. 6, 2016 at 1:45 PM PDT
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Fernley Intermediate School teacher Arvella Jergensen has been recognized nationally by the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for "her outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of mathematics and science, according to a news release"

The PAEMST award is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Mrs. Jergensen is 1 of 213 teachers across the country to receive this award. As an awardee, she will receive a citation signed by President Obama and a $10,000 award from NSF. She has also traveled to Washington, D.C. with her husband and son, Doug and Tanner, for an awards banquet, professional development opportunities, and the opportunity to participate in discussions with policy makers on mathematics and science education in the classroom.

A few words on Mrs. Jergensen:

“She is an incredible student-first teacher and definitely deserves this award. FIS is very proud and we hope she enjoys Washington, D.C.,” says FIS Principal Rob Jacobson.

“Arvella is an amazing example of the incredible staff we have in the Lyon County School District. Her Award is well deserved and we look forward to hearing about her experience in our nation’s capital,” says Lyon County Superintendent Wayne Workman.

“Arvella is creative in inspiring and when she has an idea that will benefit student experience and learning she takes action,” says FIS teacher Jessie Weller.

“This award is well deserved. We are a wildly successful 6th grade learning community and I would attribute that mostly to Arvella's leadership and innovation. We are constantly striving to create programs and projects to benefit kids. Arvella is the type of Teacher and person who raises the level of everyone else around her. Most of us would not be the teachers we are today without having worked with her. I am proud to call her a colleague and friend,” says FIS teacher Scott Gillespie.

“Arvella has the uncanny ability to inspire you to go above and beyond the average expectations of a teacher. She leads with a sense of humility that you truly have no idea just what a great leader she is,” says FIS teacher Dave Burns.

“I have just recently joined the 6th grade math and science team. Arvella has been a huge help to me personally in making the transition from 5th to 6th grade. She is a real leader on this team,” says FIS teacher Kelly Ward.