Do you have an outstanding STEM or computer science teacher? Of course you do! Nominate him or her for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program.
The nomination deadline is Jan. 9 and the application deadline is Feb. 6 for secondary teachers (7-12). The program alternates each year between elementary and secondary teachers.
PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Since 1983, more than 5,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to STEM education. Awardees serve as models to their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.
Anyone — principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the general public — may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. To submit a nomination, you will need the teacher’s name, email address and school contact information. If you know more than one teacher deserving of this award, you may submit more than one nomination. Teachers may also apply directly at www.paemst.org.
Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the president of the United States; a trip 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. They also join a network of award-winning teachers from across the country. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Last year’s Iowa winners were Sarah Borzo of Des Moines and Angie Bonthuis, an educator in the Gilbert Community School District.