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.
Nominations for 2014 will open for elementary teachers in Fall 2013.
Isabel Lee Holt, Science
International School, Bellevue
Vincent Santo Pietro, Science
Shorecrest High School, Shoreline
Lois Sherwood, Science
Port Townsend High School, Port Townsend
Gretel von Bargen, Science
Skyline High School, Issaquah
George Christoph, Math
River Ridge High School, North Thurston
Michael Conklin, Math
University High School, Central Valley (Spokane)
Danielle Maletta, Math
Eastside Catholic School, Sammamish
Tracie Shepard, Math
Emerald Ridge High School, Puyallup
Meet the finalists
Previous PAEMST Recipients