Ball State alumna receives Presidential Award

Deanna York is the winner of a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Each year the President recognizes a select number of K-12 mathematics or science teachers to receive the PAEMST, the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress. York is one of two teachers from Indiana, 103 nationally, to receive this award. The teachers will be recognized in Washington, D.C., and will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

York has taught Chemistry for the past 20 years and has been at Ben Davis High School since 1997. Previously, she taught at Lakeland High School in Florida. She teaches Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Honors Chemistry.

Her forte is turning lectures into hands-on laboratory investigations and literacy activities. She uses inquiry labs for discovery, cookbook labs to teach content, and problem-based labs for authentic assessment. Each spring, her students perform a demonstration show for more than 100 fourth graders.

As a teacher leader, York has served as a building literacy leader, School Improvement Plan chair, lead chemistry teacher, president of the Indiana Alliance of Chemistry Teachers, and question writer for the National Panasonic Academic Tournament. She has presented numerous workshops at the local, state, and national levels. And, she is the author of two Teacher Friendly Chemistry laboratory manuals.

She has received many honors and awards for excellence in teaching. She is the 2003 Indiana University Armstrong Educator recipient and 2002 Golden Apple recipient, and she has been selected numerous times by a Ben Davis Top 30 Senior as that student's most influential teacher.

Deanna York has a B.S. in secondary education and an M.A. in general science from Ball State University.