Jordan School District Teacher Chosen as
State Finalist for Presidential Teaching Award
Dawn Monson, a science teacher at South Hills Middle School in Riverton, has been selected as a Utah State Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
Monson, a teacher in the Jordan School District, is now one of three Utah secondary science teachers eligible to receive a PAEMST award, the nation’s highest honor for U.S. mathematics and science teachers for grades K–12. The awards program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of The White House.
PAEMST awardees have been shown to devote more time to professional development, incorporate innovative approaches into their classroom teaching, and be more likely to use computers and other technologies in their classrooms.
Monson is one of six State Finalists – three mathematics and three science teachers – chosen from a large pool of applicants. As a State Finalist, she will be recognized by the Utah State Office of Education and the Utah Science Teachers Association in events during the coming year.
Each year, a national committee of distinguished scientists, mathematicians and educators 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, and the schools operated in the United States and overseas by the Department of Defense Education Activity.
Teachers who are selected as PAEMST awardees receive a $10,000 award, a Presidential certificate and a trip to Washington, DC, for a series of recognition events, professional development activities and an awards ceremony.