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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

2020 PAEMST State Finalists!


  • Julie Fry teaches 1st grade at Roosevelt Elementary in Yakima School District
  • Allison Greenberg is a K - 5 STEM Specialist at Woodside Elementary in Everett School District
  • Tina Nicpan Brown teaches 5th grade at Lincoln Elementary in Wenatchee School District

Previous PAEMST state winners
Previous PAEMST state finalists

Contact Information

Education Awards

Hilary Seidel
Nominations are now closed and will reopen in Fall 2021!

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition for a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher in the United States.

Recipients of 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.

Nomination & Application Process

Nominations typically open in the fall/winter and close March 1. Nominated teachers have until April 1 to complete the online application and classroom video.

A statewide committee reviews applications in spring. Up to three teachers from each subject may be selected as state finalists. OSPI will announce state finalists in the spring. National award recipients are typically announced by the President of the United States within a year of the state selection. 

Anyone can submit a PAEMST nomination on the PAEMST website.

Assistance for Nominees

Mentors who are former PAEMST recipients are assigned to nominees at their request. Nominees may work with their mentors as much or as little as they like. The National Science Foundation and OSPI also host applicant support webinars.