The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the nation's teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Since 1983, more than 5,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals.
The award alternates between elementary (K–grade 6) and middle/high school teachers (grades 7–12).
Teach mathematics or science (including computer science) as part of their contracted teaching responsibilities at the 7–12 grade level in a public (including charter), or private school.
Hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
Be a full-time employee of the school or school district as determined by state and district policies, with responsibilities for teaching students no less than 50% of the school's allotted instructional time.
Have at least five years of full-time employment as a K–12 teacher during which mathematics or science (including computer science) has been a part of the applicant's teaching duties.
Teach in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands).
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Not have received the PAEMST award at the national level in any prior competition or category.
A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
A paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
An opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.
To nominate teachers, please go to PAEMST website.
Every year, Massachusetts can put forward up to six State Finalists to be considered in the National Selection Process.
Congratulations to these recent State Finalists!
National Awardees have not yet been announced for 2021 and 2022.
From the state finalists, the national selection committee may choose up to 2 National Awardees.
Congratulations to these recent National Presidential Awardees!
To find out more about these awardees, visit the PAEMST site!
Last Updated: March 15, 2023
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