BRIDGEPORT – Gregory Walsh, an eighth grade teacher at Winthrop School, is a state finalist for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program.
His is one of three applications forwarded to the National Science Foundation for review by a selection committee this summer. If the committee recommends him as the Presidential Awardee he will be invited to Washington, D.C.
The other two state finalists are high school teachers: Matthew Brodeur, of East Hartford, and Joshua Steffenson of Glastonbury.
Presidential Awards are the nation’s highest honor for K-12 teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for colleagues.
Walsh has been teaching in the city for eight years, the whole time at Winthrop. News that he was a finalist came as a surprise. He was at the state science fair with one of his students last year when an email came notifying him of his nomination.
He is not the first teacher at Winthrop to get the honor. A few years ago Wendy Milson, a seventh grade math teacher at Winthrop was a state finalist as well.