Indian-American teacher to get US Presidential Award

In a proud moment for the Indian-American community, Darshan Jain, an Indian-American teacher and philanthrope, is among the 108 teachers to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching later this summer.

 Mr Jain, who currently serves as the director of mathematics at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, along with other winners will receive a $10,000 award each from the National Science Foundation.

 US President Barack Obama, who prepared the list of the recipients, said, “These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science. 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,” he added.

 The Presidential Award is given annually to outstanding K-12 (kindergarten through 12th grades) science and mathematics teachers from across the country for their contribution in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

 “The Presidential Award validates my core belief that all students can learn mathematics in authentic, rigorous, and impactful ways,” an elated Mr Jain said. He also emphasised that these awards provided opportunities to have discussions around the country on improving math education at local and national levels.

 Mr Jain has acquired BA in mechanical engineering and MS in secondary mathematics education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His love for teaching was inspired by his work at the Hispanic Math and Science Initiative. He taught mathematics in the same school for about eight years. Previously, he worked as a project engineer and a machine designer before taking up the teaching job at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. He also serves as a curriculum director in his district.

Indian-Americans are setting new benchmarks of excellence in virtually all areas in their adopted homeland, specially in the field of education. The US is home to over 3 million-strong Indian diaspora. Over 100,000 young Indians study in various American universities.

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