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PAEMST 2019-12-13T10:56:15-07:00

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Presidential Awards 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. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Up to 108 teachers are recognized each year. Presidential Awardees receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.


Congratulations to the recent National Awardees!

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), with the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced on October 15, 2019, that more than 140 individuals and organizations were honored as national presidential awardees for their excellence in teaching or mentoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

New Mexico had four recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching:

Krystal Irby
Albuquerque Public Schools
7–12 Science Award

Cindy Lee
Cobre Consolidated School District
7–12 Science Award

Erin Mayer
Albuquerque Public Schools
K–6 Math Award

Eric Schultz
Pojoaque Valley Public Schools
K–6 Math Award

Congratulations to the recent 2019 State Finalists!

The New Mexico state selection committee for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program has selected Jessica Esquibel from Albuquerque Public Schools as the state-level finalist for grade 7–12 teacher of mathematics and Melody Hagaman from Las Cruces Public Schools and Brian Smith from Santa Fe Public Schools as state-level finalists for grades 7–12 teachers of science.

Jessica Esquibel

Albuquerque Public Schools
7–12 Mathematics

Melody Hagaman
Centennial High School
Las Cruces Public Schools
7–12 Science (Computer Science)

Brian Smith
Santa Fe High School
Santa Fe Public Schools
7–12 Science (Computer Science)


The PAEMST Awards honor mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers.

TO NOMINATE OR APPLY, VISIT the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching website. 
Nominations close on March 1.

Applications must be completed by May 1.

The National Science Foundation administers
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

For more information, contact:

Christy Krenek, Science PAEMST Coordinator at christy.krenek@state.nm.us

Shafiq Chaudhary, Math PAEMST Coordinator at shafiq.chaudhary@state.nm.us

Page last updated December 13, 2019