The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. The Awards were established by Congress in 1983 and have continued since.
Every year, awards alternate between elementary and secondary teachers. Each year Utah has a state selection committee that selects up to three Utah finalists in each discipline. A national selection committee then selects awardees to represent Utah at the national level.
The Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
Rachel Reeder, Logan School District (Math)
Rachel is a first grade Spanish dual language immersion teacher at Bridger Elementary in Logan, UT where she has taught for six years. Prior to coming to Logan she spent several years in the Wasatch County School District as a third grade teacher, mathematics coach and a state DLI coordinator. Rachel received degrees from Brigham Young University and Southern Utah University, and is a Ph.D. student at Utah State University with expected completion in 2020.
Kirk Redford, Davis School District (Math)
After working in the private sector for many years, Kirk started the State’s Alternative Route to Licensure program, later achieving his Masters Degree in Education from Weber State University. He has now been at South Clearfield Elementary for eleven years, and taught both 4th and 6th grade. He has been awarded several grants to begin a 3D printing program for the 6th grade to learn STEM concepts. Kirk is currently working on his STEM endorsement.
Jill Buchsbaum, Salt Lake City School District (Science)
Jill’s teaching career began nine years ago, after moving from California. She has loved working in the Salt Lake City School District, especially her seven years as a fourth grade teacher at Uintah Elementary. Jill received her Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, Master of Arts in Teaching from San Diego State University, and last year became a National Board Certified Teacher.
Jocelyn Lyon, Salt Lake City School District (Science)
Jocelyn moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University and graduated with her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2008. She received her Masters in Education degree this last fall from Southern Utah University. Jocelyn began teaching in the SLC School District as an intern from BYU and has been teaching there for the last 12 years. Jocelyn has taught 2nd, 3rd and is currently teaching 6th grade at Newman Elementary.
Britney Manderino, Alpine School District (Science)
Britney attended BYU and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2008. She taught elementary school in St. George, and earned a Master’s degree in education in 2012. She currently teaches sixth grade science in Alpine School District, and designs science curriculum for states across the nation.
Do you know an outstanding science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers? Submit your nominations: https://www.paemst.org/nomination/nominate
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