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 15 for the 2014 awards, which are for elementary teachers of kindergarten through grade 6 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 15.
Nominations for secondary school teachers, grades 7-12, will be accepted next year.
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:
Who is eligible for the 2014 PAEMST?
The following are eligibility criteria for nominations. They must:
Teach mathematics or science at the kindergarten through grade 6 level 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, kindergarten through grade 6 mathematics or science teaching experience prior to the 2013-2014 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.
Awardees by year
2012 Ohio Awardees
Natalie Harr, an elementary science teacher at Crestwood Primary School,
Elizabeth Pitzer, an elementary mathematics at Arcanum-Butler Middle School,
Arcanum Butler Local School District
2011 Ohio Awardees
Tami Fitzgerald, a high school science teacher at West Muskingum High School,
West Muskingum Local School District.
Carole Morbitzer, a high school mathematics teacher at Hamilton Township High School, Hamilton Local Schools District.
2010 Ohio Awardee
Erin Renee King, a gifted science intervention specialist at Felicity Franklin Elementary
and Middle School, Felicity Franklin School District.
2009 Ohio Awardees
Rebecca Link, a middle school mathematics teacher with Fort Recovery Middle School,
Fort Recovery Local Schools
Sandee Coats-Haan, a high school science teacher at Lakota East High School,
Lakota Local Schools
2008 Ohio Awardees
Sharon Hall, a mathematics teacher at South Lebanon Elementary School,
Kings Local School District.
Sally Pellegrin, an elementary science teacher at Clara E. Westropp Elementary School,
Cleveland Municipal Schools.
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