Excellence in Math Teaching

School #3 Teacher Wendy Rossberg


Wendy Rossberg, a second-grade teacher at School #3, is a New York State finalist in the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She has been chosen for her work in mathematics. In a letter announcing her selection, PAEMST referenced Ms. Rossberg's "professional expertise and exemplary teaching" as being among the reasons she was selected. Ms. Rossberg was nominated by a parent whose child is shown with Ms. Rossberg on the homepage of our website.

"The innovative math workshop style of teaching that I transitioned my classroom to over this year has revolutionized how I teach math," said Ms. Rossberg. "It's created an environment where I can differentiate each lesson so that all of my students can thrive every day. My students are what it's all about and this recognition is truly an honor."

As a state-finalist, Ms. Rossberg's application will be reviewed by a national selection committee in Washington, DC. to determine the award winners in each state. Winners will be announced by The White House.

Once she was notified of her nomination, Ms. Rossberg said that the application process was extensive, requiring acceptance by the PAEMST committee, followed by videotaped lessons, a lengthy character essay answering five questions related to teaching, a resume and three letters of recommendation. She also participated in several webinars to guide her through the process and submitted samples of lessons and photos of students engaged with mathematics.