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Superintendent Reykdal Announces Finalists for National Award

Four educators are finalists for math and science teaching honors

OLYMPIA — September 25, 2017 — Today, Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced that four teachers from Washington were selected as state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The state-level finalists are:


  • Beth Andres teaches Algebra and AP Calculus at Ferndale High School, Ferndale School District
  • George Christoph teaches Advanced Mathematical Reasoning and Pre-Calculus at River Ridge High School, North Thurston Public Schools


  • Michele Chamberlain teaches Physical Science and Environmental Science at Lakeridge Middle School, Sumner School District
  • James Yoos teaches AP Chemistry, Quantitative Chemistry, and Introduction to Sports Medicine/Applied Anatomy and Physiology at Bellingham High School, Bellingham Public Schools

The finalists were selected during the summer by a statewide selection committee comprised of content area experts and award-winning teachers.

“Each and every one of us has been impacted by an educator in our lifetime,” said State Superintendent Chris Reykdal. “It’s teachers like Beth, George, Michelle, and James that lead by exceptional example and hold Washington’s teachers to the highest possible standard. We’re incredibly proud to send these four innovative teachers on to the national program as Washington’s state finalists.”

The national PAEMST program typically announces national award recipients in the spring. State-level finalists are recognized by regional and state math and science associations and invited to several annual state events for award winning educators.

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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