AUSTIN - Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that 10 Texas teachers have been named finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The 2017 awards recognize seventh through twelfth grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom.
PAEMST is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The 2017 Texas finalists in secondary mathematics are listed below:
The 2017 Texas finalists in secondary science are listed below:
To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher first must apply or be nominated for the award. A state panel of master teachers, content specialists, and administrators review the applications and select the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for national awardee status. After the initial selection process at the state or territorial level, a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators may select one mathematics and one science teacher from each state and U.S. jurisdiction for the national award.
PAEMST winners receive $10,000, a citation signed by the President of the United States, and a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend recognition events and professional development opportunities. In addition, all the 2017 finalists for Texas will be recognized by the State Board of Education.
The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. For additional information about the PAEMST program, visit www.paemst.org.