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Rewarding and Inspiring Great Teaching Since 1983

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Since 1983, more than 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals.

Nominations Are Now Open

The 2016 Awards will honor mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers working in grades K-6. Nominations close on April 1, 2016.

Teachers: Apply Online

Before logging in, please review the
2015–2016 Application Packet (Adobe PDF). Applications must be completed by May 1, 2016.

Awardees Announced July 2015

On July 1, 2015, President Obama named 107 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

"These teachers are shaping America's success through their passion for math and science," President Obama said. "Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technology, engineering, and math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow."

More details can be found in the
White House press release.

Recognition Program Web Site

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The 2012 awardees gathered at the National Science Foundation