School of Education alumna receives presidential award for excellence in teaching math and science

UAB alumna, Vestavia Hills High School science teacher, Marla Hines recognized for excellence in teaching

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marla hinesUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham alumna Marla Hines is one of 108 mathematics and science teachers selected to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Hines is one of two educators selected from Alabama. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in science education from the UAB School of Education.

“Receiving the Presidential Award is a reminder that every day is an opportunity to strive for excellence as I facilitate my students’ academic growth,” Hines said.

The award is presented annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers. Winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators following an initial selection process that takes place at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers of kindergarten through sixth grade and those teaching seventh through 12th grades.

Hines, who has taught 10th-grade physical science at Vestavia Hills High School for six years, also served as the 2012 Alabama Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Winners of the honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They are also invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, educational and celebratory events and to visit with members of the administration.