ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — March 31, 2008 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) selected four of its teachers as finalists to compete in the 2007 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program.
Christine Arnold, a middle school science teacher from Sigonella Middle/High School in Italy; Cami Heck, a middle school mathematics teacher from Kadena Middle School in Okinawa; Sylvia Schnellhammer, a high school mathematics teacher from Ramstein High School in Germany; and Kina Stallings, a middle school mathematics teacher from Heidelberg Middle School in Germany, were selected by a panel that recently met at DoDEA headquarters located here.
The PAEMST program was established by Congress in 1983. It is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House and recognizes outstanding kindergarten-6th grade or 7th-12th grade mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions (Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of Defense Schools, and the U.S. territories).
The DoDEA finalists will have their application packets judged and reviewed at the national level to compete for the 2007 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation's highest honor for K-12 teachers in these fields.
If selected the Presidential Awardees will receive a citation signed by the President, a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a week-long series of recognition events and professional development seminars, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) located in the United States and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education.