Kimberly Sweet Receives SAE Lloyd Reuss Award for Teaching Excellence
Warrendale, PA, Nov. 12, 2003 - Kimberly Sweet, a fourth grade teacher in Haslett, Michigan, was recently awarded the 2003 SAE Lloyd Reuss Award for Teaching Excellence.
The award, given annually since its inception in 1998, recognizes teachers who have effectively implemented the SAE Foundation's A World In Motion program to further develop students' understanding of the principles of motion and the science that underlies them. It honors the work and dedication of Lloyd Reuss, former President of General Motors Corporation and a long-time supporter of the AWIM program.
To perpetuate Mr. Reuss' work and dedication to the advancement of the mobility profession, SAE presents the award that consists of a monetary gift of $2,000 (to be divided equally between the recipient and his or her school) and a commemorative plaque. This year's recipient is Kimberly Sweet.
Sweet has taught fourth grade students at Murphy Elementary School in Haslett for six years. She received her Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, and recently earned her Masters in Education.
A World In Motion was developed by SAE in 1990 and targets fourth through eighth grade students in an effort to develop increased interest in math and science. "I love to see the kids get excited about learning and the AWIM Challenge 1 unit certainly achieves that," noted Sweet. "My students continue to talk about how much they enjoyed this unit of study and how much they learned."
Sweet was chosen as this year's Reuss award recipient for her exemplary and creative use of the AWIM curriculum. Applicants are judged on the amount of effort they put into A World In Motion, the number of volunteers used in teaching the curriculum, and the quality of the students' experiences.
"Kimberly was a clear winner," said Kathleen O'Connor Byrnes, SAE's K-12 education manager. "She's an outstanding teacher."