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Four teachers have been selected by the Department of Defense Education Activity as finalists for the 2007 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program.

The program was established by Congress in 1983 and is administered by the National Science Foundation. Finalists are chosen from every state, along with the four U.S. jurisdictions to include Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of Defense Schools and the U.S. Territories.

The four DODEA finalists are: Cami Heck, a math teacher at Kadena Middle School in Okinawa; Sylvia Schnellhammer, a high school math teacher at Ramstein High School in Germany; Kina Stallings, a math teacher at Heidelberg Middle School in Germany; and Christine Arnold, a middle school science teacher at Sigonella Middle/High School in Italy.

“I was really excited about the nomination,” Arnold said. “This program helps get the message out that good things are happening in classrooms every day.”

All finalist applications will be reviewed at the national level in Washington, D.C., later in the year.

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