Utah Finalists for Presidential Teaching Award

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

 Utah Teachers Chosen as State Finalists for Presidential Teaching Award

Eight Utah teachers have been selected as Utah State finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Megan Black (Granite), Benjamin Gowans (Nebo), Karre Nevarez (Alpine), Britnie Powell (Salt Lake City), Jalyn Kelley (Logan City), April Leder (Alpine), Marsha Newman (J.E. Cosgriff Memorial School), and Renee Wakamatsu (Alpine), were selected as part of a rigorous application process to receive this honor.

These teachers are now 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. As State Finalists, the eight teachers will be recognized by the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Utah Science Teachers Association in events during the coming year.

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. They are leaders in mathematics and science education, working tirelessly for their students.

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.

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