MONTGOMERY – Five Alabama teachers are finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching – the nation’s highest honor for K-12 mathematics and science teachers.

Among those being honored as a Mathematics Finalist is Dennis Butler, from Central of High School in Florence, part of the Lauderdale County School System.

These awards recognize top educators for their contributions to the classroom and the teaching profession. This year’s awards are honoring secondary school teachers (grades 7-12).

Alabama’s other Presidential Mathematics Finalists are Jessye Gaines from Bob Jones High School in Madison, and Stephanie Steward from Spring Garden High School in Cherokee County.

Science Finalists are Pamela Harman, Spain Park High School in Hoover, and Bryan Rosenstiel from Mountain Brook High School. Alabama’s

Presidential Finalists will be recognized later this fall by the Alabama State Board of Education. In addition, they will also be honored during a special awards luncheon during which each finalist will receive the National Science Foundation (NSF) Certificate of Honor in Mathematics and Science Teaching.