PAEMST LogoAwarded by the White House each year, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition a K-12 mathematics or science teacher can receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. In addition to honoring individual achievement, the goal of the award program is to exemplify the highest standards of mathematics and science teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. Each state selects up to three mathematics teachers and three science teachers annually as state finalists. Educators are nominated in October and the application process begins in November.

A national selection committee reviews state finalist applications and selects one awardee in each content area for every state. Teachers are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. As part of the recognition process, awardees take part in a weeklong series of networking and professional development activities in Washington, D.C., and receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Visit Presidential Awards (PAEMST) – National Website for more information.

Congratulations to the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence Recipients

Mathematics

Brandi Luloff portrait

Brandi Luloff

Townsend Elementary School
Appoquinimink School District

Science

Leona Williams Portrait

Leona Williams

Forwood Elementary School
Brandywine School District

Congratulations to the 2022 Presidential Award for Excellence Finalists

Mathematics

Jason Orlen

East Millsboro Elementary
Indian River School District

Michele (Missy) Snyder

Major George Welch Elementary School
Caesar Rodney School District

Allison Van Ness

Clayton Intermediate School
Smyrna School District

Science

Maria Cobb

Mount Pleasant Elementary School
Brandywine School District

Jaime Swartz

John M Clayton Elementary School
Indian River School District

Congratulations to the 2021 Presidential Award for Excellence Finalists

Mathematics

Katherine Hoffecker

Katherine Hoffecker

Odessa High School
Appoquinimink School District
Tommie Polite

Tommie Polite

Laurel Middle School
Laurel School District
Michael Reitemeyer Michael Reitemeyer

Las Americas ASPIRA Academy

Science

Corey Butterfield

Corey Butterfield

George Read Middle School
Colonial School District
Brian Heeney

Brian Heeney

Delcastle Technical High School
New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District
Erin Motley

Erin Motley

Gunning Bedford Middle School
Colonial School District

For additional nominees and recipients, please visit Previous PAEMST Nominees and Recipients.