Canjo alum receives national teaching honor

Canajoharie High School graduate Monet Biancucci was recently honored with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Biancucci, who teaches fifth grade at Pine Ridge Elementary School in Bend, Oregon, was one of four teachers selected from her state for “the highest award given by the U.S. Government to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science,” a media release from the White House said.

Just got word that Pine Ridge Elementary teacher Monet Biancucci has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence…

Posted by Bend-La Pine Schools on Tuesday, October 15, 2019

“Monet was recognized for her achievement in math and we couldn’t be more proud!”, the Bend-LaPine School District shared on its Facebook page.

“My goal is to help students become mathematicians and feel confident in their abilities and understanding. It’s about having number sense and not about memorizing something,” Biancucci told her school district when she received the award nomination back in 2018. “I want them to listen, ask questions, make connections and dig in!”

Congratulations to Monet — her success just goes to show how far a Canajoharie education can take you, and the difference an educator can make!