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Master Teacher, Meet Mr. President

March 7, 2014

When NEA Master Teacher Melissa Romano received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math Teaching, it came with an invitation to the White House.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors in the nation awarded to teachers of mathematics and science. Before she left for DC, she wasn’t sure what to expect but she was very excited. I just caught up with Melissa and let’s just say she’s still excited and it is justifiable.

“Washington DC exceeded all of my expectations!!!! I got to actually shake hands with the President and introduce myself. To be a guest in the White House was so amazing. I’m still trying to catch my breath and savor the memories and people.” – NEA Master Teacher Melissa Romano

Melissa had just returned to her Grade 4 classroom brimming with excitement from her trip when she found her own quote featured in the White House blog.


Melissa is the 8th teacher from the right in the front row!

 “Promoting math and science education is imperative in order to create a society of critical thinkers and problem solvers that are able and ready to succeed in many walks of life. The platform of this award will allow me to voice and share the amazing work my colleagues around the nation do every day…”

One of the ways Melissa has shared her work is on This new site, built by teachers, for teachers, to help them align their teaching to the Common Core hosts all the content created by the BetterLesson NEA Master Teacher Project.

Needless to say, we are very proud of Melissa. She’s a rockstar. She deserves the accolades. She loves to teach and it shows. If you want to see why she’s so acclaimed, check out her lessons here at CC.BetterLesson.

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Melissa with Montana Senator Jon Tester

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