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White House honors Upstate teacher

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The White House recognized an Upstate teacher for his excellence in the classroom on Wednesday.

Former McCants Middle School teacher, Joseph "Paul" Parker, was one of 108 educators chosen to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. 

"These teachers are shaping America's success through their passion for math and science," President Obama said. "Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technology, engineering, and math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow."

Parker currently teaches at Southwood Academy of the Arts. He will receive his $10,000 award in Washington, D.C. later this summer.
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