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.