The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President of the United States to bestow up to 108 awards each year.
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 4,100 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.
Presidential award-winning teachers serve as models for their colleagues and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The application process provides a rare opportunity for concentrated self-reflection, and all awardees will have the opportunity to network with each other and exchange effective teaching strategies and innovative methods during a week-long trip to Washington, DC for an awards ceremony and a variety of special recognition events. Additionally, each awardee will receive a citation from the President of the United States and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
Educators can recognize an outstanding colleague with a nomination for the prestigious presidential awards. For information on how to nominate a teacher, or to learn more about the program, click here.