A Noblesville High School math teacher has won a $10,000 prize and national recognition.
David Ferris recently received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from the National Science Foundation. The award is the nation’s highest for teachers of math and science.
Ferris has taught at Noblesville Schools since 1983. He was named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2017 and was a state finalist for the Presidential Award the same year. He has taught math throughout his career and developed the school’s AP Statistics course. He also is an instructional coach and chair of the high school’s math department.
Ferris recently attended an awards ceremony at the Lincoln Center in Washington, D.C. He also had plans to tour the White House, Library of Congress, NASA and other destinations.
“I’m truly grateful for this recognition,” Ferris said. “This honor represents the influence and contributions of dozens of wonderful people, including my parents and grandparents who laid the foundation, my teachers who inspired me to teach others, colleagues that helped me build expertise and confidence and administrators that supported my continued professional development for the last 36 years. I’m thankful for all of them and for the opportunity to share the joy of math with my students every day.”
Ferris is one of three Indiana teachers and 207 from across the nation to receive the award. Applications are reviewed by a panel of mathematicians, scientist and teachers who make recommendations to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.