ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Severna Park High School physics teacher Barry Hopkins was notified by the White House that he has been named Maryland's winner of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
The award is the highest honor given by the United States government for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Hopkins has been teaching in Anne Arundel County Public Schools for 37 years, the last 18 at Severna Park High School.
He currently teaches Advanced Placement Physics and Honors Physics. Award winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level.
Winners of the Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.