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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 recognize exemplary K-12 teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Excellent teachers perform miracles everyday with little or no recognition. The Presidential Awards demonstrate the value and appreciation the nation has for the teaching profession. Nominate an outstanding math or science teacher today for this prestigious award.

One Arizona teacher was named 2008 Presidential Awardee, Dana Islas in mathematics. As part of the recognition process, Dana will participate in a week-long series of networking and professional development activities in Washington, DC during January 4-8, 2010. In addition, Dana received $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. Congratulations to Dana!

Dana Islas
Pueblo Gardens Elementary School, Tucson Unified School District Elementary Mathematics

Four Arizona teachers were named 2009 State Finalists at the secondary level (grades 7-12). Winners will be announced spring/summer 2010.

  • Dr. Collette Bos, Smith Junior High School, Mesa Public Schools Secondary Science
  • Gregory Stafford, Desert Ridge High School, Gilbert Public Schools Secondary Science
  • Juliette Baldwin, Boulder Creek High School, Deer Valley Unified School District Secondary Mathematics
  • Sandra Trevino, Buena High School, Sierra Vista Unified School District Secondary Mathematics

What is the Application Process?

Teachers must be nominated prior to completing an application. Anyone - principals, teachers, students, parents, members of the community, or the general public - may nominate a teacher.

Once nominated, a teacher must complete an application to be considered for the award. The application includes a videotaped lesson and written responses to questions about the teacher's instructional practice.

Completed applications must be postmarked by the deadline and sent to the appropriate State Coordinators. Further instructions regarding submissions are included in the application packet. Upcoming application deadlines are shown below.

Year Who Can Apply Nomination Deadline Application Deadline
2010 Elementary (K-6) Teachers April 1, 2010 May 1, 2010
2011 Secondary (7-12) Teachers April 1, 2011 May 1, 2011

For more information or to download nomination and application forms, click here.

Contact your State Coordinators

Lacey Wieser
Arizona Department of Education
1535 W Jefferson St., Bin 5
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: 602-364-2332
Fax: 602-364-0902
7-12 Science, K-6 Science
Mary Knuck Arizona Department of Education
1535 W Jefferson St., Bin 5
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: 602-364-2353
Fax: 602-364-0902
7-12 Mathematics, K-6 Mathematics

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Friday, November 06, 2009.

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