NSF PR 99-34 - May 3, 1999
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President Clinton Names Outstanding Mathematics and
President Clinton has named 208 teachers to receive
the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics
and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation's highest
honor for mathematics and science teaching in elementary
and secondary schools.
"In winning this award, these teachers have achieved
the equivalent of a winning three-point shot in the
final seconds of the NBA championship playoffs," said
Rita Colwell, Director of the National Science Foundation
(NSF), which administers the award. "Excellence in
math and science teaching shapes our children's intellectual
development, strengthens our educational system, and
advances the national goal to vastly improve the education
of our children. We owe it to the students to cherish
and honor their best teachers."
Teachers nominated for this award go through a rigorous
review process ending with White House approval from
the President and the Assistant to the President for
Science and Technology, Dr. Neal Lane. Awardees are
selected on the basis of the excellence of their teaching,
leadership abilities, continuing education activities
and dedication as teachers.
The award winners will be given a presidential citation,
and their schools will receive a National Science
Foundation (NSF) grant of $7,500 to be used under
the direction of the awardee over a five-year period.
Awardees will also be honored during an event in Washington,
D.C., June 6-12, 1999.
Established in 1983 by the White House and administered
by NSF, this annual award is given to up to 216 elementary
and secondary school teachers representing the 50
states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S.
Territories and the U.S. Department of Defense school
Editors: A searchable list of the awardees is
available on the web at: http://www.nsf.gov/PA
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