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Education Awards

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.

What do recipients of the PAEMST receive?

  • 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 development opportunities.
  • Gifts from program sponsors.
  • A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
  • A chance to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

What is the nomination and application process?
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.

Is help available for nominees completing the application?
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.

How do I nominate a teacher?
Anyone can submit a nomination on the PAEMST Web site.




Nominate a great K-6 teacher today!
Deadline: April 1, 2018

Congratulations to the 2017 PAEMST State Finalists!


Beth Andres teaches Algebra and AP Calculus at Ferndale High School in Ferndale School District

George Christoph teaches Advanced Mathematical Reasoning and Pre Calculus at River Ridge High School in North Thurston Public Schools


Michele Chamberlain teaches Physical Science and Environmental Science at Lakeridge Middle School in Sumner School District

James Yoos teaches AP Chemistry, Quantitative Chemistry, and Introduction to Sports Medicine/Applied Anatomy and Physiology at Bellingham High School in Bellingham Public Schools

Past PAEMST Recipients

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