Pamela Grifka receives 2004 Lloyd Reuss Award for Teaching Excellence

Pamela Grifka Warrendale, PA (January 06, 2005) - Pamela Grifka of Wilkerson Elementary in Warren, Michigan is this year's recipient of the Lloyd Reuss Award for Teaching Excellence. Grifka was presented with the award during the Warren Consolidated Schools' Board Meeting on Wednesday, November 17, 2004.

This award recognizes an outstanding elementary school teacher or team of teachers who have effectively implemented the SAE Foundation's A World In Motion (AWIM) program. Applicants are judged on the amount of effort they put into AWIM, the quality of the teacher/volunteer partnership, and the quality of the students' experiences. Established in 1998, the award honors the work and dedication of Lloyd Reuss, former President of General Motors Corporation, Chair of the SAE VISION 2000 Executive Committee, and staunch supporter of the AWIM program.

A World In Motion was developed by SAE in 1990 and targets fourth through tenth grade students in an effort to develop increased interest in math and science. "Seven years ago, I began using this program with the help of engineers from General Motors," said Grifka. "Since then, I have seen my students love for math and science improve, and I love the mentoring approach that the engineers bring into the classroom."

Grifka has taught the fourth grade at Wilkerson Elementary in Warren for ten years. She received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Central Michigan University and also holds a master's degree in Education.

"Pam has been instrumental in making the AWIM program a success at Wilkerson," said Principal Keith Karpinski. "Her love for science and daily enthusiasm encourage both the students and the volunteers."