Trissa (Duerksen) McCabe, a 1991 graduate of Goessel High School, was in Washington, D.C., last week to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for Grades K-12.
McCabe, now a Reno Valley Middle School mathematics teacher with 22 years of teaching experience, received the award as the top grades 7-12 math teacher in Kansas.
The 213 awardees representing the states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools were invited to receive their awards Sept. 8.
The event included a banquet, a tour of the White House and the opportunity for professional development. Winners also receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, to be used at their discretion.
McCabe told the Hutchinson News in a recent article that she was good at math growing up. Graduating from Goessel High School, she planned to become a social studies teacher. An adviser, looking at her test scores, suggested she consider teaching math.
“I am so glad I did,” she said.
John Fast, Goessel superintendent, said, “It is a tremendous honor to our school to claim her as an alum, but it is also a tremendous honor to our state of Kansas to see her honored at the national level.
“At a time when the profession of teaching sometimes takes a beating in some circles, we hope this award and the spirit and energy that Ms. McCabe brings to the profession helps to elevate the respect the profession of teaching deserves.”
McCabe has earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Wichita State University.
Reno Valley Middle School is part of Nickerson-South Hutchinson USD 309.