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The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). 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 5,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals. The award alternates each year between grades K–6 and 7–12, and this year’s awards will honor teachers working in grades K–6. Award recipients will receive a certificate signed by the president of the U.S.; a paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation; and an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation. Nominees must have at least five years of full-time K–12 math or science teaching experience prior to the 2021–22 school year.

  • DEADLINE: Jan. 7, 2022 to nominate a teacher; Applications are due Feb. 6 2022.

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