Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
The PAEMST is the highest recognition for a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher in the United States.
- A citation signed by the President of the United States.
- A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a
weeklong series of recognition events and professional
- Gifts from program sponsors.
- A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
- A chance to build lasting partnerships with colleagues
across the nation.
Nominations open in October. Nominated teachers have until May of that school
year to complete the online application and classroom video.
A statewide committee reviews applications in early June. Up to five teachers from each subject may be selected as state finalists. Award recipients
are typically announced by the President of the United States in the spring.
Mentors who are former PAEMST recipients are assigned to each nominee. Nominees may work with their mentors as much or as little as they like.
Anyone can submit a nomination on the
PAEMST Web site.
Meredith Gannon, K-6 Science
Sacajewea Elementary, Vancouver
Deborah Halperin, K-6 Math
Laurelhurst Elementary, Seattle
Scott Cooley, 7-12 Math
University High School, Spokane Valley
Jeffrey Wehr, 7-12 Science
Odessa High School, Odessa
Nominations for the 2017 PAEMST will open in November 2016.
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Jana Dean, Jefferson Middle School (Olympia)
Tricia Hukee, Daffodil Valley Elementary (Sumner)
Kimberly Astle, Fishers Landing Elementary (Vancouver)
Julie Fry, Roosevelt Elementary (Yakima)
Veronique Paquette, Kenroy Elementary (East Wenatchee)
Kitten Vaa, Brighton School (Mountlake Terrace)
Previous PAEMST Recipients