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Three ASD teachers named finalists for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science


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.  Anyone-principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general  public-may nominate exceptional Math or Science teachers.

Since 1983,  more than 4,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to  mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as  models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in  the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Presidential  awardees receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a  trip for two to Washington DC to attend a series of recognition events and  professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National  Science Foundation. The  National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House  Office of Science and Technology Policy.

This year, three teachers from the Anchorage School District  are among the state finalists from Alaska.  They are: Mark Elfstrom,  a math teacher at Romig Middle School, Joanna Hubbard, a science teacher at  Begich Middle School and Dave Avery, a science teacher at Goldenview Middle  School. The winners at the national level, usually one math and one  science teacher from each state, will be selected by a panel of judges in  Washington D.C. The White House will announce the names of the teachers  selected to receive the PAEMST later in this school year.

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