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OLLU graduate wins national teaching award

Kent Page (MEd 2008) came to San Antonio more than a quarter century ago to teach music. Today, he ranks among the finest science educators in the U.S.

Page recently received the Presidential Excellence Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest recognition for K-12 teachers in math and science.

For winning, Page will collect $10,000, get an all-expense paid trip to the White House to accept the award and receive a citation, signed by President Barack Obama. Page plans to donate the cash prize to the Northside Independent School District, where he serves as a science academic support teacher at Carnahan Elementary School.

Since starting at Carnahan Elementary in 2008, Page has developed a reputation for turning low-achieving students into high-achieving science lovers. In one project, he took students outside to show them how to plant native trees and improve the environment. From the plantings, students learned about restoring habitat, conserving water and soil and improving air quality.

He has made the study of water come alive. On the banks of Leon Creek, across from school, Page has shown fifth grade students how to measure everything from water temperature and dissolved oxygen to conductivity and pH levels. There, they study water clarity and observe the habits of turtles, hummingbirds and Monarch butterflies.

Born and raised in the Panhandle, Page came to San Antonio to teach music in his own studio. In 2000, he joined Northside ISD as a teacher of emotionally disturbed students at Northside Children’s Center. He has twice been named Northside Educator of the Year.

He credits OLLU for his success in the classroom. “I joined the graduate program as a special education teacher, but graduated to become our school’s science specialist as a direct result of the academic and leadership skills developed at OLLU,” Page has said. “I have never felt more qualified for my job than after graduating from OLLU.”