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

Nominations are now open until April 1 for the 2017 awards, which are for teachers of grades 7 through 12 at both public and private schools. If you know great math and science teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals. Each year Ohio chooses up to three candidates as finalists for both mathematics and science.

To nominate or apply for the PAEMST Awards, visit the PAEMST website for complete details about the nomination guidelines, application process and submission.

Once nominated, teachers are requested to submit an application and a video that reflects exemplary teaching by May 1.

Nominations for school teachers in grades K through 6 will be accepted next year.

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?

Awards alternate annually between elementary and secondary teachers, as shown below:

  Application Opens Nomination Deadline Application Deadline
Elementary Teachers
Fall 2017 April 1, 2018 May 1, 2018
Secondary Teachers
Fall 2016 April 1, 2017 May 1, 2017

The following are eligibility criteria for nominations. They must:

  • Teach mathematics or science in a public or private school.
  • Hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Hold a valid teaching credential.
  • Be a full-time employee of the school or school district as determined by state and district policies, and teach seven to 12 students at least 50 percent of the time.
  • Have at least five years of full-time, mathematics or science teaching experience prior to the 2014-2015 academic school year.
  • Teach in one of the 50 states or the four U.S. jurisdictions. The jurisdictions are Washington, DC; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense Education Activity schools; and the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the 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.

PAEMST is open to outstanding mathematics and science teachers in all 50 states and the U.S. jurisdictions. In addition to honoring individual achievement, the goal of the award program is to exemplify the highest standards of mathematics and science teaching.

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.


  • Alexis Pietra-Freeman – A 3rd grade math teacher at Perry Elementary School in Perry Local Schools
  • Jocelyn Teismann – An elementary math teacher of gifted students at Wilson Elementary School, Forest Hills School District
  • Joseph Slifka – Teaches 6th grade math at LaBrae Middle School, LaBrae Local Schools
  • Katie Forrest – A 3rd grade math teacher at Hamilton Elementary School, Hamilton Local Schools
  • Rebekah Willis – Teaches science in an all-day Kindergarten classroom at Ashville Elementary, Teays Valley Schools
  • Stephanie Nowak – A 3rd grade science teacher at Fairfax Elementary School, Mentor Exempted Village
  • Vicki Willet – A first grade science teacher at Licking Heights West Elementary, Licking Heights Local Schools

2015 Ohio Finalists

  • Monika Biro, a high school science teacher at Aurora High School, Aurora Schools
  • Jacqueline Kane, a high school science teacher at St. Ursula Academy, Toledo
  • Awardee Amy Roediger, a high school science teacher at Mentor High School, Mentor Public Schools
  • Mary Ellen Scott, a high school science teacher at Saint Joseph Academy, Cleveland
  • Awardee Beth Vavzincak, a high school math teacher at Normandy High School, Parma City Schools
  • Uyen Zimmerman, a high school math teacher at Dublin Coffman High School, Dublin City Schools

2014 Ohio finalists

  • Awardee Marcy Burns, an elementary science teacher at Main Street Intermediate School, Norwalk City Schools
  • Awardee Susan Dankworth, an elementary math teacher at Hook Elementary School, Troy City Schools
  • Rosemary Krupar, an elementary science teacher at Crestwood Intermediate School, Crestwood Local Schools
  • Stephanie Nowak, an elementary science teacher at Dale R. Rice Elementary, Mentor Exempted Village Schools

2013 Ohio finalists

  • Pamela Holman, a high school science teacher at River Valley High School, River Valley Local Schools
  • Awardee Christopher Monsour, a high school science teacher at Tiffin High School, Tiffin City Schools.
  • Amy Roediger, a high school science teacher at Mentor High School, Mentor Exempted Village Schools
  • Awardee Karma Vince, a middle school math teacher at McCord Junior High School, Sylvania City Schools
  • Uyen Zimmerman, a high school math teacher at Dublin Coffman High School, Dublin City Schools

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