Van Treese Recognized as Recipient of Excellence in Math Teacher Award
Berkeley Preparatory School mathematics teacher Mike Van Treese was recently recognized as a recipient of the Excellence in Science/Mathematics Teacher Award by the Barrett Family Foundation. He is one of 12 recipients of a $10,000 cash award given to outstanding math and science teachers from select private high schools in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties for the 2017-18 academic school year. This is the third year in a row that a Berkeley teacher has been recognized by the Barrett Foundation. In 2015, Martha DeWeese won the same award as she was recognized for her outstanding work as a science teacher. Last year, math teacher David Ide was also recognized for this distinguished honor.
Van Treese, who has been a math teacher at Berkeley since 2007, said, “I am truly honored to receive this award from the Barrett Foundation. It means so much to me to be nominated by my colleagues and students, and I appreciate their support!”
According to the Barrett Family Foundation, they established the Excellence in Science/Mathematics Teacher Award as a vehicle to recognize deserving educators. Through this award, the Foundation “proudly honors outstanding high school teachers who share their energy and enthusiasm for science or mathematics through creative and innovative methods.” The award further seeks to recognize teachers who are utilizing methods to cultivate student interest and ability in both fields of study.
The Barrett Family Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity based in Clearwater. Founded in 2013, the foundation is one of a few organizations of its kind to directly award teachers.