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PAEMST 2021-12-30T11:24:49-07:00

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The 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.


Nominate/Apply Today!

The PAEMST Awards honor mathematics, science, engineering, technology and computer science teachers.  This year’s cycle is open to Grade K–6 educators. To NOMINATE OR APPLY, VISIT the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching website. 

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. PAEMST are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Since 1983, more than 5,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to STEM education. Awardees serve as models to their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

The PAEMST program is open to outstanding STEM teachers in the 50 states; Washington, D.C.; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Department of Defense Education Activity schools; and the U.S. Territories as a group.

Anyone—principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. To submit a nomination, you will need the teacher’s name, email address, and school contact information. If you know more than one teacher deserving of this award, you may submit more than one nomination. Teachers may also apply directly at www.paemst.org.

Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States; a trip 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. They also join a network of award-winning teachers from across the country. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.The National Science Foundation (NSF) is beginning to accept nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Anyone—principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—may nominate a teacher starting on August 1, 2021. Applications are due midnight on February 6, 2022.

PAEMST Application Support Canvas Course

The New Mexico’s State Coordinators of Mathematics and Science are excited to announce the launch of a self-paced Canvas resource as interested applicants begin their applications.

PAEMST Application Support

We are here to support you during these last two months as you work on your remaining application components prior to the deadline of February 6, 2022. If you need assistance or encouragement with your application, or simply want the opportunity to ask questions about certain components, be sure to register for an upcoming applicant webinar, reach out to us, or contact the PAEMST helpdesk at info@paemst.org.

Being recognized as a PAEMST awardee is a tremendous honor. Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President; a trip to Washington, D.C.; a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF); and join a prestigious cadre of awardees from across the country.

To provide support, we are including some general suggestions and advice from past awardees and judges,  guidance on the written narrative, and upcoming webinars to help you finish strong!

Preparing the Presidential Award Application

Advice from past awardees and judges about preparing the application:

  • Work with colleagues and mentors with whom you can strategize, bounce off ideas and review your writing. There are past awardees who are eager to help. Contact the state coordinator or PAEMST for help.
  • Show that you are reflective. Your thinking and growth is more important than a long list of activities and accomplishments.
  • Start uploading sections of your narrative as you complete items. You can continue to edit and replace items until you hit the final Submit button.
  • Be certain to follow exactly the guidelines on length, font, spacing, etc.
  • Contact the PAEMST helpdesk with any questions, (e.g. video format, responses to questions, citations, etc.). They are very responsive. info@paemst.org, 1-800-209-6327

Video suggestions

  • Have the video demonstrate your skill at teaching. This does not mean it has to be a lecture, but the video should show your interaction with the students and how you help them learn the concepts and skills. A video with only lab activities may not show your role in the learning as well as including some discussion.
  • The class you record does not have to be perfect. Reviewers expect to see how you respond to discipline issues and disturbances in classes.
  • Try to have good sound on the video so that the reviewers can hear your discussion with students. If it is hard to pick up the speech you could supply a transcript in the supplemental materials.
  • You may need to record several classes to get a good video. Upload it early in the application process to cover for technical problems. Note the requirements about breaks.
  • Since the video is limited to 30 minutes, describe in your narrative the activities and discussions that precede and follow the video.
  • You may have one break in the video. So you could show the lesson introduction and the start of an activity, have a break, and then show the summary of the lesson. In your narrative you should describe what happened during the break.

Attributes of Great Presidential Applications (from brainstorming by reviewers)
These are ideas that often go beyond the requirements of the PAEMST application document and make the application advance from good to outstanding:

  • Write in a claims and evidence style. Make the claim that you are doing great things (instruction, assessment, etc.) and provide the evidence to support that claim.
  • Video and supplemental materials support the claims in the narrative.
  • The focus in your narrative should be on the learning of the students and not just the mechanics of instruction.
  • In your narrative, provide citations of supporting evidence in the video (e.g. time marks), supplemental materials, and other application materials.
  • Provide citations of literature that support claims in the application.

Upcoming PAEMST Webinars

We encourage you to keep the momentum going and register for an upcoming webinar.

PAEMST webinars will provide you with a detailed overview of the application process and the opportunity to ask questions. Webinars may focus on a specific section of the application, such as the video component, or be general in nature. To register for a webinar, or to view the full schedule, nominees can visit www.paemst.org/webinar.

Narrative Portion

Before starting your response, be sure to review each of the five dimensions in the Written Response template. You don’t need to enter your Written Response into the portal all at once. Instead, we recommend drafting and editing your answers in a separate document first, then copying and pasting your response into each text box. Remember, the total allowable character count for the response is 27,500 characters, including spaces. Additionally, special characters or images cannot be pasted into the text boxes. Please review the application packet for a full list of technical requirements for your Written Response.

  • Answer all parts of each question and don’t forget to edit. You can’t get credit for what you don’t do. Answer all parts completely and concisely and have someone else edit your work and grade it according to the four-point scoring scale.
  • Be honest and reflective. Teaching is a craft that we are constantly developing. We strive for perfection, but we aren’t perfect. Being a reflective practitioner is a characteristic of effective teaching. Remember, this process is about you sharing the amazing things you do in the classroom every day. Don’t try to be who you think the panelists want you to be. Be your authentic self.  
  • Use your supplemental materials wisely. This is your opportunity to demonstrate the awesome teaching and learning experiences that take place every day in your classroom. Supplementary materials can take several forms including pictures (with labels) of labs, hands-on activities, field experiences, and other engaging STEM activities.
  • Refer to the Guidance for the Narrative Portion. This document was created by past reviewers, state finalists and national awardees to support future applicants. It provides guiding questions to help you craft a response for each Dimension.

 


Congratulations to the recent State Finalists!

The New Mexico Public Education Department announced on May 5, 2021, four educators who were selected as PAEMST state finalists for New Mexico. State finalists represent outstanding teachers New Mexico has to offer and serve as both a model and an inspiration to students and fellow teachers.

Teresa Butcher
Grants/Cibola County Schools
7–12 Mathematics

Lesha Harenberg
Albuquerque Public Schools
7–12 Science

Marila Mancha-Garcia
Albuquerque Public Schools
7–12 Mathematics

Tara Palomares
Albuquerque Public Schools
7–12 Mathematics

New Mexico selected four state finalists for the K–6 award cycle.  The K–6 national awardees will be announced in early Fall 2021.

Hope Cahill
Santa Fe Public Schools
K–6 Science

Jacqueline Cook
Albuquerque Public Schools
K–6 Mathematics (Computer Science)

Silvia Miranda
Clovis Municipal Schools
K–6 Mathematics

Amanda Pacheco-Suazo
Albuquerque Public Schools
K–6 Science

Each year, a national committee of prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science education researchers, district level personnel, and classroom teachers recommends up to 108 teachers to receive PAEMST awards. Up to two teachers—mathematics or science—from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Territories as a group (comprising American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and schools operated in the United States and overseas by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) receive the award. Teachers who are selected as PAEMST awardees receive a trip to Washington, D.C., where they attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities. They also receive a $10,000 award from NSF, a Presidential certificate, and join an elite cohort of award-winning teachers who can influence state/jurisdiction and national STEM teaching.


Congratulations to the National Awardees!

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), with the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced on August 3, 2020, 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 two recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching:

Jessica Esquibel
Albuquerque Public Schools
7–12 Mathematics

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


 

 

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 30, 2021