Margaret Howells Receives the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching
On June 25, 2018, the White House announced the most recent recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This year’s teachers represent K-6th grade educators from across the United States.
The PAEMST winner for K-6 science education in West Virginia is Margaret Howells. She has been an educator for 30 years, teaching multiple subjects at the elementary and middle school levels. She is in her 10th year at Wheeling Country Day School, where she teaches all subjects for third grade and serves as the school’s Dean of Students. Margaret strives to infuse the multi-subject curriculum with scientific thought, inquiry, and a sense of curiosity. She is passionate beyond the constructs of the classroom and school calendar. During the summer, two weeks are spent at a nearby stream teaching “Creek Week.” She leads students in second through sixth grades in investigations involving stream health, water quality, geology, and biodiversity. Margaret is an instructor of preservice elementary teachers. She models the real life application of science methods and materials, has the student teachers develop lesson plans, and observes and instructs as they work with her third grade students. As an Orton Gillingham trained educator, Margaret tutors in mathematics and reading in the school’s Center for Multisensory Learning. She uses a variety of hands-on materials to build a student’s conceptual understanding from the concrete to the abstract. She earned B.A. degrees, cum laude, in elementary education and art education from West Liberty University. She holds professional teaching certificates in elementary education and in art education.
To learn more about the PAEMST recognition, visit https://www.paemst.org/recognition. To learn about the 2016 PAEMST winners from West Virginia, visit these links Margaret Howells, K – 6 Science and Amanda Mehihan, K-6 Mathematics. For information about nominating a West Virginia science teacher for the PAEMST award, visit The Award Process Overview or contact WV PAEMST Coordinator Dr. Deb Hemler at Deb.Hemler@fairmontstate.edu.