Judy Sander, a fourth-grade teacher at the East Evergreen Elementary School near Kalispell, has been awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for teaching excellence from the National Science Foundation.
The Presidential Award, the highest award presented to science and math teachers nationwide, was awarded to Sander based on her work with Montana's "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" program, administered by Fish, Wildlife & Parks, as well as her other community and professional activities.
Sander has been active in the nationally acclaimed "Hooked on Fishing..." program since 1996, the first year it was implemented in Montana. "Hooked on Fishing..." seeks to promote fishing as a positive learning tool for children, and an alternative to drug use. She developed a full science teaching unit integrating all parts of the curriculum with fishing and aquatic resources. Parents and other members of the community also helped develop the program. The unit Sander developed is currently being used in 30 additional schools using the "Hooked on Fishing..." program in the Flathead Valley.
Approximately 40 schools are participating in the "Hooked on Fishing..." program in Montana this year. Up to 10 additional schools will be accepted into the program for the 1998-99 school year.
For more information, contact Dave Hagengruber, Fish Wildlife & Parks' Angler Education Specialist, at 406-444-9736.