On June 11, 2012 President Obama named 97 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Gina Bergskaug has been selected as the 2011 recipient for Secondary School Science. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between mathematics and science teachers teaching Kindergarten through 6th grade, and those teaching 7th through 12th grades.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest recognition that kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teachers may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Awardees are recognized for their contribution to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. In addition to honoring individual achievement, the goal of the award program is to exemplify the highest standards of mathematics and science teaching.
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About the Awards
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. The Awards provide recognition to exceptional teachers. This program acknowledges educators who are models in both their classrooms and in their communities. Past recipients can be found at www.nhgoldapple.org.
Who Can Be Nominated
Teachers must have at least five years of teaching experience in mathematics and/or science prior to application, and be a full-time employee of his or her school district (public or private). Teachers who have been nominated before and have not previously won this award may be nominated again. The Nominations for math and science teachers working in grades K-6 are now closed. Nominations for teachers of grades 7-12 will open in Fall 2012.
To apply, teachers must first be nominated for the award. Teachers may nominate themselves or someone else (e.g., principals, teachers, parents, or other members of the general public) may nominate them for this award. Once nominated, teachers will receive an e-mail with a login and password to access the online application. Once a nomination has been made, the nominee must complete the application confirming their eligibility to apply for the award. This application is also available at www.paemst.org
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