SOUTH PORTLAND — Students at Kaler Elementary School turned out in force Monday to welcome back Laura Stevens, a second-grade teacher who received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching from the National Science Foundation.

Stevens traveled to Washington, D.C., late last week to attend a ceremony where she received the $10,000 award, which she can spend at her discretion. She’s one of 213 teachers nationwide and one of two in Maine who won the award this year.

Stevens has taught in South Portland since 1999, first at Small Elementary School and at Kaler since 2014. She has a doctorate in personality and social psychology and earned her teaching certificate at the University of Southern Maine.

Lauree Gott of Veazie Community School is the other Maine educator who received the award this year.