Educator Recognition Programs
2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Superintendents, Principals, Teachers, and Other Interested Parties
Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
January 5, 2015
I am pleased to announce that nominations are open for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST Program was established in 1983 by the White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. These teachers will serve as models for their colleagues and will be leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education.
The competition alternates year by year between teachers of grades K-6 and teachers of grades 7-12. Teachers of grades 7-12 mathematics and science are eligible for nomination for the 2015 Presidential Awards. Teachers of grades K-6 will be eligible for the 2016 Presidential Awards.
In order to apply for the 2015 PAEMST, a teacher must be nominated. Anyone (e.g., superintendents, principals, teachers, students, and other members of the general public) may nominate a teacher. Self-nominations will also be accepted.
Each Presidential Awardee will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Each Awardee will also be invited, along with a guest, to attend recognition events in Washington, D.C.
I have enclosed a nomination form for you to copy and distribute. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2015. Nominations may also be submitted by going to the PAEMST website. For further information, email the Educator Recognition mailbox at email@example.com.