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News Release 05-054

President Honors Nation's Leading Elementary School Math and Science Teachers

Teachers from a variety of math and science disciplines receive the presidential awards.

Teachers from a variety of math and science disciplines receive the presidential awards.

April 12, 2005

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President George W. Bush today announced the 95 educators who will receive the annual Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for 2004.  This year, the White House recognizes the best of the Nation's K-6 mathematics and science teachers.

Established in 1983, the awards are administered by the National Science Foundation.

The awardees are selected from mathematics and science teachers in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Territories, and the U.S. Department of Defense Schools. After an initial selection process at the state or territory level, a national panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators recommends teachers to receive the Presidential Awards.

The teachers will be in the Nation's capital from April 11-16, 2005, to receive the award, which includes a $10,000 educational grant for their schools, and participate in a variety of educational and celebratory events. During the week the teachers will tour the White House and be honored in an awards ceremony hosted by John H. Marburger III, science advisor to the president and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). They will also meet with members of Congress and the administration to discuss current issues in mathematics and science teaching and share their expertise and viewpoints.

For a complete listing of the 2004 awardees visit

About the Office of Science and Technology Policy

Congress established OSTP in 1976 with a broad mandate to advise the president and others within the Executive Office of the President on the impacts of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The 1976 act also authorizes OSTP to lead an interagency effort to develop and implement sound science and technology policies and budgets and to work with the private sector, state and local governments, the science and higher education communities, and other nations toward that end. The director of OSTP serves as co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and oversees the National Science and Technology Council on behalf of the president. For more information visit


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