Severna Park High School physics teacher Barry Hopkins has been named the only winner in Maryland of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest honor given by the U.S. government to K-12 math and science teachers, Anne Arundel school officials said Wednesday.

Hopkins, who has taught in the Anne Arundel County school system for 37 years, was notified by the White House that he had won, school officials said. Hopkins has spent the last 18 years at Severna Park High, where he teaches Advanced Placement physics and honors physics.

Recipients get a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation and are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and educational events that include visits with members of Congress.

"Receiving the Presidential Award is a validation of my many years of not just teaching physics, but also attempting to inspire excitement and enthusiasm for my subject and profession," said Hopkins in a statement on the awards website. "I am honored to be recognized along with this talented and dedicated group of teachers. It is a genuine privilege to represent the outstanding education professionals of my school, county, and state."

Hopkins is among 97 teachers to win the award this year.

joseph.burris@baltsun.com

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