Oct 9, 2013 08:45 Brignac finalist for presidential award Brignac finalist for presidential award Advocate staff report Oct. 09, 2013 Comments Allison Brignac, a mentor teacher at Lowery Middle School, is one of two finalists named by the state Department of Education for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for the state of Louisiana. As part of the process, Brignac was required to submit an application, including video of her teaching in the classroom. Other aspects of the application included her participating in professional development activities and leadership ability. “There are so many outstanding math teachers across the state; I am truly honored to be recognized by the state committee as a finalist for this prestigious award,” Brignac said. Mentor teaching positions were created within the Ascension Parish school system to research and implement effective instructional strategies for improving student achievement in selected schools. Mentor teachers carry a class load as well as providing support to other teachers. Brignac, of Bogalusa, is a National Board certified teacher and is a graduate of Bogalusa High School. She has a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and a master’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. Brignac, who has been teaching for 15 years, has taught in the Ascension Parish public school system for 13 years. Established in 1983 by the White House, The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program identifies exceptional mathematics and science teachers in all grade levels in each state and four U.S. jurisdictions. This is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on teachers of mathematics and science, a news release says. National recipients receive a cash award from the National Science Foundation plus all national recipients are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony, presentation of a presidential citation, meetings with governmental and education leaders, receptions and banquets.