DEDHAM LOCAL HONORED WITH FOUKAL AWARD IN MATH AND SCIENCE
- Student: Megan Mawe
- School: Wheelock College
- Class/grade: Class of 2014
- Award: Foukal Award for Academic Achievement in Math and Science
Megan Mawe, a 2009 graduate of Dedham High School and a member of Wheelock College’s class of 2014, was recently awarded one of the College's two annual Foukal Awards for Academic Achievement in Math & Science. Megan is pursuing a double major in Elementary Education and Math & Science and is on Wheelock's Science for Teachers Pathway.
The award and prize was endowed by Dr. Peter Foukal, a noted physicist, former Wheelock trustee and current director of the Wheelock Corporation. In creating the prize, he said that: “As a trustee and as a scientist, I believe it is important for Wheelock to produce its share of young teachers who have the ability and enthusiasm to teach science and math. These are the two areas where the greatest teacher shortages continue to occur. Everyone acknowledges technology drives our culture, and we know teachers are the ones who are needed to make our children technically and scientifically literate.”
In accepting the prize, Megan noted that she was inspired to become an elementary school teacher by her second grade teacher and credited both the Wheelock faculty for igniting her passion for math and science, and her teachers at Dedham High School for giving her a strong academic foundation.
Megan is also a member of the Wheelock College Sign Choir and a Jumpstart Corps member, where she works with underprivileged preschool-aged children to help them develop literacy skills before they enter kindergarten and first grade.
She is the daughter of Justine and Kevin Mawe of Dedham, MA.