Meredith Gannon (pictured above third from left), a fourth-grade teacher at Sacajawea Elementary School, has been named one of five Washington state finalists for the national Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is a finalist in the science category, along with two other teachers from the Snohomish and Finley school districts.

The PAEMST is the highest recognition for a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher in the United States. Winners are typically announced in the spring.

Gannon, a National Board-Certified Teacher who has taught at Sacajawea since 2005, is no stranger to awards. In 2013, she and the student Green Team that she helps coordinate earned a Washington Green Ribbon School award for Sacajawea. The award recognizes schools’ efforts to reduce their environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education.

That same year, Sacajawea was recognized as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. It was the only school from Southwest Washington, one of only four schools and one district statewide and one of 64 schools nationwide to receive the honor.