The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation's highest honors for mathematics and science teachers. The program recognizes teachers for their contributions to instruction and learning, as well as their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Nomination and Application

Applications are being accepted for teachers of grades K-6.  See eligibility criteria and apply online at

Why apply?

In addition to recognizing outstanding teaching in mathematics or science, the program provides teachers with an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation. This growing network of award-winning teachers serves as a vital resource for improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and keeping America globally competitive.

Who is eligible in 2020?

  Application Opens Nomination Deadline Application Deadline
Elementary/ Intermediate
November 2019 April 1, 2020 May 1, 2020


Presidential Awardees receive a:

  • Citation signed by the President of the United States;
  • Paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Current Awardees

Gloria Gajewicz  
Bowling Green, OH
7-12 Science 2017

Julie Randolph
Albany, OH
7 – 12 Mathematics 2017

Lisa Holt-Taylor
Milford, OH
K-6 Science 2018

Nancy Edmondson
Cincinnati, OH
K-6 Mathematics 2018


To see a list of 2019 Ohio Finalists, click here.

Last Modified: 10/31/2019 1:16:29 PM