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Joliet West High School grad receives award from President Obama

Mike Fumagalli
Mike Fumagalli

JOLIET – President Barack Obama recently named Glenbard East High School Dean Mike Fumagalli a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, according to a news release from Glenbard Township High School District 87.

Fumagalli was a 2001 Joliet West High School graduate. He went to the University of Iowa in to earn his bachelor's in athletic training and his master's in science education. He has also earned his master's in educational leadership from Concordia University. 

Fumagalli is one of 213 awardees from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. He is one of only two grade 7-12 educators in Illinois to earn the award, according to the release.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. Before coming to Glenbard East, Fumagalli was a science teacher at East Leyden High School, the release stated.

The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process at the state level, according to the release.

Winners of this presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, as well as educational and celebratory events and visits with members of the administration.

To learn more about the teachers, visit recognition.paemst.org.

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