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Six DoDDS Europe math and science teachers selected as finalists for Presidential award

For Immediate Release — April 15, 2013 | Europe
: DoDEA Europe Public Affairs | DSN: 380-7612

WIESBADEN, GERMANY — April 15, 2013 — Six teachers from Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe have been selected as finalists for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program.

The teachers are:
Deborah Pionk, Aviano Elementary School
Regina Phillips, Rainbow Elementary School
Dennis Decker, Kaiserslautern High School
Karl Hoffman, Bahrain Middle/High School
Bradley Rehwaldt, Patch High School
Carol Fears, Landstuhl Elementary/Middle School

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year.

Awards are given to mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. The jurisdictions are Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense Education Activity schools; and the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Since the program's inception, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

The applications of the state-level finalists have been forwarded for judging at the national level. A committee will select up to two finalists in mathematics or science. Presidential Awardees will be contacted directly by the White House at the end of May.