BRIDGEPORT - A local teacher who is being honored by the White House is also being recognized by her community.

The Discover Magnet School in Bridgeport surprised science teacher Mary Servino by holding a special ceremony for her on Friday.

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The White House says Servino is one 102 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in mathematics and science this year. Leaders including Rep. Jim Himes and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch also came to thank Servino for her work.

Servino says she hopes to inspire a love of learning in her students.