Portsmouth teacher receives national award

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A teacher at Hathaway Elementary School recently received the Presidential Awards for Excellence
in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The award was recently presented to Karen Moore, who has spent the majority of her 22-year career in a co-taught second-grade inclusive classroom where she integrates STEAM instruction in all aspects of learning.

Karen teaches all subjects for second grade at Howard W. Hathaway Elementary School, which is named after her great-grandfather.

Using the Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices and Standards, Karen engages her students in scientific discourse and hands-on experiences and, in turn, they see themselves as real scientists and engineers.

Karen serves on the STEAM Advisory Team, Science Writing Curriculum Team, and the School Leadership Team. Karen has presented at professional development workshops on topics such as Reflex Math, Common Core Math Practices, and Using Visuals and Accommodations.

She opens her lab classroom in order to model best practice in teaching to her colleagues and college students. She also shares her expertise as a cooperating teacher for local colleges and universities.

Karen earned a B.A. in family studies from the University of New Hampshire and an M.A.T. in elementary education from Rhode Island College. She is certified in first through sixth grade in Rhode Island.

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