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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.




Nominations for 2015 are open.

Nominate a great 7-12 grade math or science teacher today

Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2015

2014 PAEMST State Finalists


Deborah Halperin
Laurelhurst Elementary (Seattle)

Tara Obermiller
Woodburn Elementary (Camas)


Sadie Brumley
Cathcart Elementary (Snohomish)

Lorianne Donovan-Hermann
Finley Elementary (Finley)

Meredith Gannon
Sacajawea Elementary (Vancouver)

Meet the finalists

Previous PAEMST Recipients

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