The ink was barely dry on James O’Malley’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership 2016 degree from National Louis University when he won the nation’s most prestigious teaching award.
The White House has named O’Malley, 51, as winner of a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is among four Presidential Award winners for teaching math and science in Illinois, and 213 in the nation.
O’Malley teaches at Thomas Edison Elementary School in Morton Grove, part of Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69. He won in the kindergarten through sixth grade category.
The Chicago Tribune article “Four Illinois Educators Get Prestigious Awards in Math, Science” by Diane Rado features a lively description of O’Malley’s interactions with his students, as well as a video of him working with kids to identify animal skulls.
Teachers Catherine Ditto of Burley Elementary School in Chicago, Lisa Nicks, formerly of Thornton Township High School in Harvey, and Michael Fumagalli of Glenbard East High School in Lombard also won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
The Presidential award comes with a prize that includes $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C., and the White House.
See more at the Tribune’s story here.