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WASHINGTON -- Two teachers from the New Orleans metro area were honored by President Barack Obama as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Alison Drake, of New Orleans, who teaches math at Kipp Believe College Prep in New Orleans, and Anna Cole, of Raceland, who teaches science at Central Lafourche High School, were two of the 97 teachers selected.

'The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level,' said a statement from the White House.

Drake and Cole will receive a $10,000 award and are invited to the White House for the awards ceremony later this month.

'America's success in the 21st century depends on our ability to educate our children, give our workers the skills they need, and embrace technological change. That starts with the men and women in front of our classrooms. These teachers are the best of the best, and they stand as excellent examples of the kind of leadership we need in order to train the next generation of innovators and help this country get ahead,' said a statement from Obama.

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