• Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

    Awarded by the White House each year, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition a K-12 mathematics or science teacher can receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. In addition to honoring individual achievement, the goal of the award program is to exemplify the highest standards of mathematics and science teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

    Awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. Each state selects up to three mathematics teachers and three science teachers annually as state finalists. Educators are nominated in October and the application process begins in November.

    A national selection committee reviews state finalist applications and selects one awardee in each content area for every state. Teachers are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. As part of the recognition process, awardees take part in a weeklong series of networking and professional development activities in Washington, D.C., and receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

    2017 Finalists - Mathematics

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    MATH

    Thomas Becker

    Grades 9 - 11
    MOT Charter School
     
     olenderski
    MATH

    Kathleen Olenderski

     Grade 8
    Alfred G. Waters Middle School
    Appoquinimink School District 
    pendleton  
    MATH

    Vickie Pendleton

    Grade 8
    Georgetown Middle School
    Indian River School District

    2017 Finalists - Science

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    SCIENCE

    Jennifer Bradshaw

    Grade 10 Biology
    Polytech High School
    Polytech School District

     

    ferrell  
    SCIENCE

    Robert Ferrell

    Grade 8
    Louis L. Redding Middle School
    Appoquinimink School District

     

    gates  
    SCIENCE

    Joshua Gates

    Grades 11-12 Physics
    Tatnall School

     

    klawinski  
    SCIENCE

    Todd Klawinski

    Grades 7-8
    F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School
    Caesar Rodney School District

    2016 Finalists

    Brandy Cooper
    MATH

    Brandy Cooper

    6 th Grade Mathematics 
    Milford Central Academy
    - Milford School District
    Christa Ferdig
    MATH

    Christa Ferdig

    5th Grade Elementary
    Long Neck Elementary - Indian River School District
    Leona Williams
    SCIENCE

    Leona Williams

    Grade 4 Elementary Forwood Elementary - Brandywine School District

    Wendy Turner
    SCIENCE

    Wendy Turner

    2 nd Grade Elementary
    Mt. Pleasant Elementary - Brandywine School District

    2015 Awardees

    Robin Corrozi
    MATH

    Robin Corrozi

    High School Mathematics
    Cape Henlopen High School
    Cape Henlopen School District
    John C. Scali
    MATH

    John C. Scali

    Integrated Science and Chemistry Teacher

    MOT Charter School

    2014 Awardees

    Kristin Gray
    MATH

    Kristin Gray

    Math Specialist & Teaching Channel Laureate
    Richard A. Shields Elementary School
    Cape Henlopen School District
    Kimberly Simmons
    MATH

    Kimberly Simmons

    Kindergarten Teacher
    East Dover Elementary
    Capital School District