ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — December 3, 2008 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is encouraging principals, students, parents, teachers, community members as well as the general public to nominate science or mathematics teachers in grades 7-12 for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (PAEMST).
Since the PAEMST program began in 1983 more than 3,900 teachers have been recognized for their dedication to teaching math and science education. The PAEMST program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The PAEMST is the highest recognition that a teacher can receive for excellence in teaching in the United States. Teachers that receive the award are recognized for their contributions to instructing, learning, and their ability to help students progress in math and science.
Award recipients receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend recognition events and professional development opportunities, gifts from sponsors of the program from around the country, as well as a $10,000 award from the NSF.
In order to be nominated, teachers must have taught science and/or math at the secondary level (grades 7-12) for at least five years.
Individuals interested in nominating a teacher must fill out the nomination form at the NSF's website and submit this form to Kim Day or Sheridan Pearce before January 8, 2009. DoDEA will then notify the nominee of his or her nomination and provide instructions on how to complete the application.
For more information on PAEMST please view the NSF website at http://www.paemst.org or contact either Kim Day or Sheridan Pearce via email or phone.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages the education programs for Department of Defense dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA consists of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools located in the United States and its territories and possessions. DoDEA provides education to eligible DoD military and civilian dependents from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.