COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 36

September 28, 2004

__ELEMENTARY /
MIDDLE / SECONDARY
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TO: |
Principals |

FROM: |
Linda M.
Wallinger Assistant
Superintendent for Instruction |

SUBJECT: |
Presidential
Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)Program |

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 2005, up to six state
finalists at the secondary level will be selected (three in each secondary
group). From these 2005 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, DC.

The
application packet may be downloaded from the NSF website at http://www.paemst.org/. A completed
nomination form (available at the same website) must accompany each
application. All applications are due
May 2, 2005, to the state coordinators.
For more information, contact Deborah Kiger Bliss (dbliss@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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