Quantico | May 17, 2021
Congratulations Ms. Chere Smith for being selected as a state-level finalist for the 2021 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program! Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers can receive from the U.S. government. The award alternates years between kindergarten through sixth grade and seventh-12th grade teachers. Ms. Smith completed a rigorous application process which required her to demonstrate her excellence in content knowledge and ability to adapt to a broad range of learners and teaching environments. A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists and educators at the state and national levels assessed the applications before recommending nominees to OSTP. Ms. Smith was selected based on her distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving STEM education. She will receive a presidential citation at an awards ceremony and participate in discussions on STEM and STEM education priorities led by OSTP and NSF. Ms. Smith will also receive $10,000 from NSF, which manages the PAEMST and PAESMEM programs on behalf of the White House.