COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
PRINS. MEMO NO. 28
December 11, 2001
ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE / SECONDARY
 
TO: Principals
FROM: Patricia I. Wright
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
SUBJECT: Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program was established in 1993 by the White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program identifies outstanding science and mathematics teachers, kindergarten through grade 12, in each state and the four United States jurisdictions. These teachers will serve as models for their colleagues and will be leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education.

Recognition is given to teachers of kindergarten through grade 12 in four award groups: elementary mathematics, elementary science, secondary mathematics, and secondary science. During spring 2002, up to twelve state finalists (three in each award group) will be selected in Virginia. Each state finalist will receive $750 from NSF. From these state finalists, a national committee will choose four national-level awardees (one in each award group) from Virginia. Each national awardee will receive a $7,500 grant to improve mathematics and science education in his or her school and an all-expense paid trip to recognition events and other activities in Washington, D.C.

The application packet may be downloaded from the NSF website at http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/pres_awards/. For more information, contact Deborah Kiger Lyman (mailto:dlyman@mail.vak12ed.edu), mathematics specialist, at (804) 786-6418 or James Firebaugh, (mailto:jfirebau@mail.vak12ed.edu), science specialist, at (804) 225-2651.

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