President Obama named 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching on August 22, 2016. Selected among these exceptional teachers was Pocahontas Elementary School teacher Barbara Adcock, presently serving as Powhatan County Public Schools’ STEM Coach.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process 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 and are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, as well as educational and celebratory events, and visits from the administration.
Dr. Eric Jones, Powhatan County school superintendent, stated, “Barbara Adcock is a deserving recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She has spent her entire career developing innovative programs and providing high quality science instruction for her students. In addition, Mrs. Adcock has shared her knowledge and expertise with countless teachers in Powhatan and across Virginia. As an early adopter of STEM education, Mrs. Adcock has embraced her new role as a STEM Coach, installing a STEM state of mind in all K-8 Powhatan County classrooms. I could not be more thrilled and proud that Barbara Adcock has received this esteemed honor.”
Barbara Adcock has been an educator for 29 years, 28 years at Powhatan County Public Schools. For the last six years, Barbara has taught some second through fourth grade as a mathematics and science STEM Academy teacher, and starting in 2015 she became a STEM Coach for the school division. Mrs. Adcock stated, “I am humbled and honored to be among the amazing educators who have received the Presidential Award. It authenticates the inquiry-based teachingmethods I have worked to utilize in myclasses. This award is also a testamentto my fellow teachers, administrators and students who have challenged me to keep learning. Finally it gives me the opportunity to work with distinguished educators and policymakers to learn more, and to effect positive change.”
Her principal, Mr. Thomas Sulzer stated, “The staff at Pocahontas Elementary is so proud of Barbara and can’t think of a more deserving teacher to win the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is passionate about her students, the curriculum, and her instructional practices. She is a role model for the students and her colleagues alike. She is a leader in science education. While this is a very public award for Barbara, what many don’t see are the countless hours that Barbara works to make it all happen. We are happy to have her as a STEM Coach sharing her passion and working with our teachers and students.”