An assistant professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg was among more than 100 educators honored at the White House Wednesday for excellence in teaching or mentoring in mathematics and science.
Ashanti Johnson teaches chemical oceanography at the College of Marine Science at USF St. Petersburg. She was one of 19 individual mentors and three mentoring groups recognized by President Barack Obama. Johnson came up with a program to create a community of scientists to help students with professional development. She also founded the Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science initiative.
Johnson was one of four individuals from Florida and the only one from Tampa Bay to be honored.
Obama on Wednesday also announced five new public-private partnerships aimed at preparing more than 10,000 new math and science teachers in the next five years. The partnerships will support development of more than 100,000 teachers in science, technology, engineering and math.