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August 19, 2020
Contact: Christina Mazzanti

Association of American Educators Foundation Advocacy Fellow Luke Henke Receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching


Alexandria, VA – The Association of American Educators Foundation (AAEF), a 501(c)(3) organization supporting the mission of the Association of American Educators (AAE), a national professional association serving educators in all fifty states, is pleased to announce that Kansas AAE (KANAAE) member and AAEF Advocacy Fellow Luke Henke is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.


Since 1983, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching have represented the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government for K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teaching. Mr. Henke has been a mathematics educator for ten years and currently teaches at Columbus Unified High School in Columbus, Kansas. “The Presidential Award is an unexpected honor that validates my desire to become the best educator possible to meet the needs of my students,” said Mr. Henke. “Achieving this recognition speaks highly of my mentors, colleagues, administrators, families, and students who help me hone my craft every day of every year.”


“We congratulate Luke for this national honor and recognition,” stated AAEF Executive Director Colin Sharkey. “His dedication to his students through his innovative instruction, education advocacy work outside the classroom, and his engagement in the development of concurrent coursework and school redesign represent the highest levels of professionalism and passion in the education profession today.”

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