January 11

Gardiner native honored by White House

Holly Doe, a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics, science, computer science and robotics.

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A New Hampshire teacher originally from Gardiner has been honored by the White House for excellence in mathematics and science education.

Holly Doe, who grew up in Gardiner and graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics, science, computer science and robotics.

Doe, who earned a master’s degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., is a technology integration specialist in the Pelham School District in Pelham, N.H., where she has championed the integration of mathematics and science concepts into all subject areas and brought real-world applications to the elementary, middle and high school levels.

She has been a leader in robotics education in her district, teaching robotics to students as young as first grade.

“I think the thing we don’t value enough right now is that engineering can start at the elementary level,” Doe said. “If we start teaching at the elementary level and we bring the arts and creativity into it, we can engage more students, especially girls, in the science and engineering fields.”

Doe has been invited to Washington, D.C., to accept the award.

She lives in Windham, N.H., with her husband and three children.

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