Dorn Announces Finalists for National Award
OLYMPIA — September 30, 2015 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn today announced that five teachers from Washington have been selected as state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
The state-level finalists are:
- Scott Cooley, University High School (Spokane Valley)
- Angela Orr, Lakeside School (Seattle)
- Trevor Macduff, Three Rivers HomeLink (Richland)
- Lois Sherwood, Port Townsend High School (Port Townsend)
- Jeffrey Wehr, Odessa High School (Odessa)
The finalists were selected over the summer by a statewide selection committee comprised of content area experts and award-winning teachers. Their nominations were recently confirmed by the national PAEMST program.
“These five teachers are creating the perfect blend of highly challenging math and science and expert teaching,” said Dorn. “Teachers should be content experts, and Scott, Angela, Trevor, Lois and Jeffrey are definitely that. But they have something more than just expertise. They have a heart for kids and a real joy in seeing kids become high-level scientists and mathematicians. They are mentoring kids to become the next chemists, biologists, and computer scientists who will solve important problems and move our state forward in the future.”
State PAEMST Finalists are honored by their professional organizations and invited to the annual Governor’s Reception for Exceptional Educators which happens every summer.
The national PAEMST program typically announces national award recipients in the spring. State-level finalists are recognized by regional and state math and science associations and invited to several annual state events for award winning educators.
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About the Award
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest honor for a K-12 mathematics or science teacher. Awards are given annually to teachers from each of the 50 states four U.S. jurisdictions (Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense Schools; and the U.S. territories as a group: American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). To be considered for the PAEMST, teachers must be nominated and complete a comprehensive application. A state selection committee reviews completed applications and may forward up to five nominations from each discipline to the national program for consideration. According to the PAEMST Web site, “Teachers are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science.”
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