Congratulations to Jason Galbraith, computer science teacher at Sunset High School, for winning a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Galbraith is the Oregon award winner in the science category.
Galbraith has taught computer science at Sunset High School since 2007. He teaches a variety of classes, including multiple levels of video game creation, web design, robotics, 3D modeling and software engineering. He also teaches dual-credit classes in Java, C++ and data structures through Portland State University. Beyond the classroom, Galbraith has supervised a variety of after-school clubs and competitive teams, all of which revolve around programming, video games or board games.
"Jason is an exceptional teacher. Faced with overwhelming numbers of students and a shortage of resources he always finds ways to do what is best for kids. He has built our Computer Science, Robotics, and Engineering programs to be one of best in the state and is always looking for ways to do more. Kids love and respect him and learn more than they ever thought possible," says Sunset High School Principal, John Huelskamp.
"Jason is an exceptional teacher," says John Huelskamp, Sunset High School principal. "Faced with overwhelming numbers of students and a shortage of resources, he always finds ways to do what is best for kids. He has built our computer science, robotics, and engineering programs to be one best in the state and is always looking for ways to do more. Kids love and respect him and learn more than they ever thought possible."
The PAEMST is the highest recognition that a STEM teacher can receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 cash award from the National Science Foundation.