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Jun 8, 2010 9:58 PM by Lindsay Clein

Sacajawea Middle School teacher receives Presidential award

A local Bozeman teacher is one of a select few in the nation being recognized by President Obama.

Leanne Yenny from Sacajawea Middle School is one of the recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is given annually to the best pre-college level science and math teachers in the country, and this year Yenny is one of the 103 recipients.

"I am honored and shocked of course and humbled," Yenny said. "But it feels of course terrific to be recognized for something I love to do so very much."

Faculty and staff at Sacajawea Middle School were pleased with Yenny's accomplishment as well.

"LeAnn's commitment and dedication is second to none," said assistant principal Joe Moriarty. "I think it's a very fitting reward."

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the national science foundation along with an expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony. Yenny's students are thrilled that their teacher is being nationally recognized.

"I think it's so amazing," said seventh grader Anna Atwell. "I'm so honored for her that a teacher from this school, a teacher that I had the honor of having gets this award, I'm so proud of her she's such a great teacher and she totally deserves it."

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