Middleton math teacher finalist for Presidential Teaching Award

September 13, 2017

Seventh-grade mathematics teacher Sonja Hungness from Kromrey Middle School in Middleton has been selected as one of five state finalists to receive the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The five finalists were announced by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The award is considered the highest award bestowed by the federal government for math and science teachers.

The award this year goes to middle or high school teachers; next year, kindergarten through sixth grade teachers will be honored.

The other finalists include Danielle Carlson, science teacher at Fennimore Middle and High School; Rick Erickson, science teacher at Bayfield High School; Kristin Michalski, physics and astronomy teacher at East Troy High School; and Kevin Reese, math teacher at Clintonville High School.

Hungness is the fourth teacher from the Middleton-Cross Plains School District to be named a finalist since 2012.

108 teachers will receive the 2017 Presidential Award, two from each state and two each for the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, schools at U.S. military bases and schools in U.S. territories.