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Two Department of Defense Dependent Schools-Europe teachers in Germany have been selected as state finalists in the 2005 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Brian Farrell, a science teacher at Ansbach Middle-High School, and Bertha Manning, a mathematics teacher at Ramstein American High School, are among some 250 American educators selected to compete in the annual contest, according to a DODDS-EUROPE release.

Farrell, who teaches biology and anatomy, is in his first year at Ansbach, having arrived from a four-year stint at Seoul American High School in Seoul, South Korea.

Manning has been a teacher in Europe for 25 years. After many years of teaching in the United Kingdom, she is presently in her fourth year at Ramstein, where she teaches algebra.

Presidential awardees represent exceptional professional models, highly qualified in their fields, deeply knowledgeable about their subjects, and equipped with methods and strategies that improve teaching and learning in science and mathematics, according to the DODDS release.

The Presidential Awards, presented annually since 1983, are administered by the National Science Foundation for the White House. Winners will be announced

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