By providing her students with project-based assignments like determining the height of the Columns at the University of Missouri using math, Jefferson Middle School teacher Cassidy Urie has earned the nation’s highest award for math and science teachers.

Urie, a sixth-grade math teacher at Jefferson and math department chair, received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She was one of two recipients in Missouri and one of 117 receiving the awards around the nation.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive this award and also incredibly surprised,” Urie said.

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