For the second time, Gifted and Talented teacher Sarah Wippman is a state finalist for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Mrs. Wippman is the Gifted and Talented teacher at the Westmoor School.
Mrs. Wippman’s passion is customizing instruction to meet the unique needs of all learners and to try to make learning exciting and interactive. While at Westmoor, Mrs. Wippman has been instrumental in forming the Coding Club, a lunchtime activity in which more than 80 students participate throughout the year. Her teaching career has spanned over 30 years and has included teaching in Illinois, Missouri and at Tasis, the American School in London, England.
She is a teacher leader, presenting at the Illinois Computer Educator Conference and has received Senatorial commendations for her participation in the Stock Market Game and Investwrite. She received a Golden Apple for teachers who make a difference.
Mrs. Wippman says she draws her inspiration from her students’ enthusiasm and eagerness to learn. “Each and every day I look forward to working with my amazing students,” she said.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from 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. Mrs. Wippman is one of three elementary math teachers recognized in Illinois this year and is a nominee to be recognized by the President in July.
“We are very proud of the many dedicated and talented teachers in District 28. Sarah’s award speaks to her abilities to engage and challenge students. We are fortunate to have her as part of our team,” said Stephanie Smith, Director of Learning, who attended the recognition ceremony.
The National Science Foundation administers the award, which was established by Congress in 1983.
Westmoor School Gifted and Talented Teacher Sarah Wippman helped launch the Coding Club, a lunchtime activity for fourth- and fifth-grade students. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching at a special ceremony held Nov. 3 at Fermi Lab.