NSF PR 00-27 - May 9, 2000
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White House Names K-12 Science and Mathematics Teaching
President Clinton today named 200 teachers to receive
the 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics
and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation's highest
honor for mathematics and science teachers in grades
K through 12.
The awardees hail from all 50 states, the District
of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and schools
operated in the U. S. and overseas by the Department
of Defense. They teach in public and private schools
and in urban, suburban, and rural school districts.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers
PAEMST on behalf of the White House. The program was
established in 1983.
"America's continuing success in the international
technological revolution depends heavily upon building
our strength in mathematics and science education,"
says Rita Colwell, NSF director. "The teachers we
honor here are educating those who will lead this
country--and the world--in creating, developing, and
putting to work new ideas and new technologies."
Each year, after an initial selection process at the
state or territorial level, a national panel of distinguished
scientists, mathematicians and educators recommends
teachers to receive a presidential award - one elementary
and one secondary math teacher and one elementary
and one secondary science teacher from each jurisdiction.
The 1999 recipients were selected from among 648 finalists.
Awardees each receive a $7,500 educational grant for
his or her school, a presidential citation and a trip
to Washington, D.C. for a series of recognition events.
For a list of individual awardees see: http://www.nsf.gov/pa