- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Two Kansas elementary school teachers are national finalists for a math and science award.

The Kansas State Department of Education says the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is given annually to outstanding teachers from across the country.

The Kansas finalists are Shawnee Mission school district science teacher Lindsay Constance and Wamego school district math teacher Cathy Wilbur.

They’ll get an invitation to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and visit with members of Congress and President Barack Obama’s administration.

A panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators pick the winners following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between educators teaching kindergarten through sixth grade and those teaching seventh through 12th grades.

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