COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. __43__

November 11, 2003

__ELEMENTARY /
MIDDLE / SECONDARY
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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 1983 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 (K-6),
elementary science (K-6), secondary mathematics (7-12), and secondary science
(7-12). In 2004, up to six state
finalists at the elementary level will be selected (three in each elementary
group). From these 2004 state
finalists, a national committee will choose two national-level awardees (one in
each award group) from Virginia. Each
national awardee will receive a $10,000 personal award 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 https://www.ehr.nsf.gov/pres_awards/. A completed nomination form from the packet
must accompany each application. All
applications are due May 1, 2004, to the state coordinators. For more information, contact Deborah Kiger
Lyman (dlyman@mail.vak12ed.edu),
mathematics specialist, at (804) 786-6418 or Eric Rhoades (erhoades@mail.vak12ed.edu), science
specialist, at (804) 225-2676.

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