BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) – Congratulations to Bridgeport’s own Elizabeth Capasso. She’s headed to Washington D.C. to be recognized by President Barack Obama Thursday for her outstanding teaching. The Mathematics teacher at the Jettie S. Tisdale School will be at the White House to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for 7-12th graders. It’s the highest recognition a kindergarten through 12th grade math or science teacher can receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Caspasso is just one of 213 mathematics and science teachers in the US to get the honor.

In a recent statement President Barack Obama said, “The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our Nation’s success. As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills that help keep us on the cutting-edge.”

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim says, “We are so proud of President Obama’s recognition of Elizabeth Capasso as a true example of mathematics teaching for the entire nation. This national award is an amazing achievement for Ms. Capasso and also for our community. We are lucky to have her educating our kids at the Tisdale School, and we all recognize how critical math education is for our youth if we want them to succeed as adults.”

Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Awardees also join an active national network of outstanding educators. The Awards ceremony is Thursday at the White House.