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Local math teacher receives Presidential Award for Excellence

Troy, Ohio teacher receives Presidential Award for Excellence

MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WRGT) -- A Troy educator is being recognized as one of the nation's best.

President Barack Obama is honoring Susan Dankworth for her excellence as a math teacher at Hook Elementary.

Ironically, math was never Dankworth's first choice.

“I thought, I'd be a language arts teacher forever,” Dankworth said. “But once I started teaching math, it clicked with me.”

Switching from adjectives to algorithms, she ditched the text book, turning to hands-on activities instead.

“You have to hold their attention, you have to make it fun, you have to make it worthy of watching,” Dankworth said.

Her shelves are stacked with supplies. It looks more like Craft 101, than fifth-grade math.

“I think I use a gallon of glue every year to teach math,” Dankworth said.

Hook Principal Penny Johnson says this teaching wizard won't sleep until every kid succeeds.

“What a lot of people don't know about Susan, is she gets up at 4 o’clock every day to get her day started,” Johnson said.

Johnson nominated Dankworth two years ago and will now gladly sign the vacation form, sending her to Washington to meet President Obama.

“It felt surreal, I felt very honored, very proud,” Dankworth said.

She joins more than 200 math and science teachers around the country in receiving the honor.

In addition to a trip to the Capitol, Dankworth also gets $10,000 and it's up to her how to spend the money.

She accepts the award September 8.

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Earlier coverage:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WRGT) - A Troy, Ohio math teacher is one of 213 teachers being honored by President Obama with the Presidential Award for Excellence.

Susan Dankworth teachers math at Thomas E. Hook Elementary in Troy. The award she and more than two-hundred other teachers have been given is bestowed upon K-12 teachers of science and mathematics who are distinguished in the field. The winner of the Presidential honor will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation which he or she may use at their discretion. The winner will also be invited to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony adn other events.

The award ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C. on September 8.

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