Press Release 13207 President Obama honors outstanding mathematics and science teachers
More than 100 teachers receive nation's highest K12 math and science teaching award
December 20, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C.President Obama today named 102 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This year's awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, D.C., event in the coming year. The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2012 awardees named today teach kindergarten through 6th grade. Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration. "These teachers are inspiring today's young students to become the next generation of American scientists, mathematicians, and innovators," President Obama said. "Through their passion and dedication, and by sharing their excitement about science, technology, engineering, and math, they are helping us build a promising future for all our children." Excellent math and science teachers, exemplified by these awardees, are critical to getting more students engaged in the increasingly important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. That's why President Obama has committed to strengthening STEM education and has called for preparing 100,000 excellent science and mathematics teachers over the next decadea goal that inspired the creation of "100kin10," a coalition of leading corporations, philanthropies, universities, service organizations, and others working to train and retain STEM teachers across the nation. The President has also proposed to further strengthen the STEM teaching profession by launching a new STEM Master Teacher Corps, leveraging the expertise of some of our nation's best and brightest teachers in science and mathematics to elevate the teaching of these subjects nationwide. Nominations for the 2014 PAEMST are open through April 1, 2014. For more information about PAEMST, please visit http://www.nsf.gov/cgibin/goodbye?http://www.paemst.org/. See NSF's PAEMST Fact Sheet for more information about this award. The recipients of the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are:
Alabama Danielle Peterson, Hoover (Math) Rita Schell, Homewood (Science) Alaska Rebecca Himschoot, Sitka (Science) Amy Laufer, Anchorage (Math) Arizona Allison Davis, Chandler (Math) Cindy Piano, Glendale (Science) Arkansas Jennifer Richardson, Greenbrier (Science) Christi Snow, Springdale (Math) California Jamie Garner, Turlock (Math) Alma Park, East Palo Alto (Science) Colorado Elizabeth Grabois, Denver (Science) Joan Standefer, Boulder (Math) Connecticut Mary Servino, Bridgeport (Science) Maren Sussman, Ellington (Math) Delaware Timothy Dalby, Wilmington (Science) Jeanine Moore, Millsboro (Math)
Department of Defense Education Activity Carol Fears (Math) Marilyn Hawks (Science) District of Columbia Katrina Abdussalaam (Math) Martha Estroff (Science) Florida Nancy Bourne, Jupiter (Math) Barbara Wilcox, Cocoa (Science) Georgia Christy Garvin, Powder Springs (Science) Jeanne Rast, Hapeville (Math) Hawaii Laura Fukumoto, Honolulu (Math) Dave Morishige, Mililani (Science) Idaho Tauna Johnson, Genesse (Science) Donna Wommack, Genesse (Math) Illinois Lisa Feltman, Algonquin (Math) Bryan Lake, Urbana (Science) Indiana Teresa Gross, Greenwood (Science) Jay Vahle, Carmel (Math) Iowa Josie Burg, Des Moines (Math) Mason Kuhn, Shell Rock (Science) Kansas Lindsey Constance, Shawnee (Science) Cathy Wilber, Wamego (Math) Kentucky Suzanne Farmer, Danville (Math) Patricia Works, Lexington (Science) Louisiana Donna Lamonte, Baton Rouge (Math) Amanda Warren, Mandeville (Science) Maine Karen Jagolinzer, Yarmouth (Math) Elizabeth Heidemann, Cushing (Science) Maryland Timothy Emhoff, Indian Head (Science) Kris Hanks, Glen Burnie (Math) Massachusetts Erin Dukeshire, Roxbury (Science) Jessica Findlay, Douglas (Math) Michigan Brian Peterson, Rochester (Science) Emily TheriaultKimmey, Ann Arbor (Math) Minnesota Cathy Kindem, Apple Valley (Science) Michael Wallus, Saint Paul (Math) Mississippi Catherine Tebo, Jackson (Math) Missouri Laura Parn, Wentzville (Math) Ragan Webb, Columbia (Science) Montana Elizabeth Matthews, Gallatin Gateway (Science) Melissa Romano, Helena (Math) Nebraska Alysia Augustus, Bellevue (Math) Kimberly Humphrey, Kearney (Science) Nevada Ryan Doetch, Sparks (Math) Traci Loftin, Reno (Science) New Hampshire Holly Doe, Pelham (Science) New Jersey Jennifer Basner, Berlin (Math) Jeanette Scillieri, Leonia (Science) New Mexico Anna Suggs, Las Cruces (Science) Vivian Valencia, Espanola (Math) New York Helen Rogosin, New York (Science) Joshua Rosen, Dobbs Ferry (Math) North Carolina Teresa Cowan, Swannanoa (Science) Tonya Kepley, China Grove (Math) North Dakota Kristine Brandt, Fargo (Math) Kathleen Lentz, Valley City (Science) Ohio Natalie Harr, Mantua (Science) Elizabeth Pitzer, Arcanum (Math) Oklahoma Carol Huett, Moore (Science) Patricia Reece, Bokoshe (Science) Oregon Kerry Morton, Bend (Math) Pennsylvania Susan Bauer, Macungie (Science) Michael Soskil, Newfoundland (Math) Puerto Rico Maria CerraCastaner, Rio Pierdras (Math)
Rhode Island Regina Kilday, Exeter (Math) Clare Ornburn, Ashaway (Science) South Carolina John Dearybury III, Spartanburg (Science) Donald Sarazen, Columbia (Math) South Dakota Ann Anderson, Belle Fourche (Science) Erin Marsh, Pierre (Math) Tennessee Margaret Hawkins, Lebanon (Science) Amber Hodge, Knoxville (Math) Texas Wendy Hendry, Colleyville (Math) Kent Page, San Antonio (Science) Utah Rebecca Elder, Murray (Math) Julie Hammari, Spanish Fork (Science) Vermont Carol Joy Dobson, Weybridge (Math) Mary Ellis, Enosburg Falls (Math) Virginia Stephanie Chlebus, Alexandria (Math) Elizabeth Miller, Richmond (Science) Washington Pamela NolanBeasley, Waitsburg (Science) Nancy Pfaff, Redmond (Math) West Virginia Barbara Black, Hurricane (Science) Gabrielle Rhodes, Buckhannon (Science) Wisconsin Mary Fernan, Milton (Math) Kathleen Hiteman, Middleton (Science) Wyoming Laurie Graves, Big Horn (Science) Kathleen Kniss, Laramie (Math)
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