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Education Awards

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The PAEMST is the highest recognition for a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher in the United States.

What do recipients of the PAEMST receive?

  • A citation signed by the President of the United States.
  • A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a weeklong series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
  • Gifts from program sponsors.
  • A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
  • A chance to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation.

What is the nomination and application process?
Nominations open in November. Nominated teachers have until May 1 of that school year to complete the online application and classroom video.

A statewide committee reviews applications in early June. Up to three teachers from each subject may be selected as state finalists. Award recipients are typically announced by the President of the United States approximately 18 months after the state finalist selection. 

Is help available for nominees completing the application?
Mentors who are former PAEMST recipients are assigned to each nominee. Nominees may work with their mentors as much or as little as they like.

How do I nominate a teacher?
Anyone can submit a nomination on the PAEMST Web site.




Nominations for 2019 are open now!

Nominate an inspiring 7 - 12 math, science, or computer science teacher today.

Deadline Extended!
Nominate by April 1.

Congratulations to the 2018 PAEMST State Finalists!


Matthew Pederson teaches fifth grade at Weyerhaeuser Elementary in Eatonville School District


Julie Fry, NBCT teaches first grade at Roosevelt Elementary in Yakima School District

Veronique Paquette, NBCT teaches second grade at Kenroy Elementary in Eastmont School District

Angela Salo teaches fifth grade at DeLong Elementary in Tacoma School District

Past PAEMST Recipients

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