Two Kentucky teachers were among 97 mathematics and science educators recently chosen to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The Kentucky recipients are: Andrea Higdon, a mathematics teacher from Crestwood, Ky., and Joshua Underwood, a science teacher from Mt. Olivet, Ky.

All of the chosen educators will receive their awards in Washington, DC later this month.

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. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.