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.
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