Edison instructor a finalist for math and science award

EDISON — A teacher at the township’s Wardlaw-Hartridge School was named one of six finalists throughout the state for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

Noah Kalter of West Orange, a fifthgrade teacher at the school, was honored at a Dec. 17 event at the Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westampton.

The PAEMST is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers nationwide. Winners are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators after an initial selection process done at the state level.

Wardlaw-Hartridge Lower School Head Jerry Ganis nominated Kalter.

“I am so excited and honored to be selected as a state finalist for the PAEMST,” Kalter said. “While I’m thrilled and amazed with this entire experience, I know that without the support of my friends and family, the freedom to plan and teach creatively, and the wonderful colleagues that I am lucky to work with at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School, this never would have happened.

“Success lies in the collaboration of many, not in the knowledge and abilities of one individual. I am truly grateful for the strong supporters I have at home and in school.”

Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the president to bestow up to 108 awards each year. The award recognizes teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning, according to a press release.