Two teachers have been honored with the first of a one-of-a-kind award for K-12 science teachers. Don Berthiaume (Biddeford High School, Biddeford, Me.), and Pattyanne Corsentino (Place Middle School, Denver, Colo.) received the Lawrence A. Scadden Outstanding Teacher Award of the Year for Students With Disabilities for their work to engage all students-particularly those with disabilities-in learning science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. The award is named after Lawrence A. Scadden,* the National Science Foundation's (NSF) senior program director of the Program for Persons With Disabilities.
Scadden is an internationally renowned scientist who has specialized in design of technology applications for people with disabilities. Scadden is blind. This new award was created in his honor by the Regional Alliance of Science, Engineering and Mathematics for Students with Disabilities (RASEM) and by Science Education for Students With Disabilities (SESD), a Special Interest Group of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Science educators across the nation were informed of the award last year. A selection committee chose two finalists in February. Each received a check, certificate and plaque at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association meeting in Boston, Mass., on March 27, 1999. Scadden was the honored guest at the ceremony.
The inaugural Outstanding Science Teacher of 1999 is Don Berthiaume. Berthiaume received a $1,000 check. Pattyanne Corsentino is the Meritorious Science Teacher and received a $500 check.
Berthiaume received NSF's Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. He is a past president of the Maine Science Teachers Association.
Berthiaume works on an NSF-supported Biotechnology Works! project at the
University of Southern Maine, which has earned a nationa
Contact: Lee Herring
National Science Foundation