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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 Open Fall 2016

Nominations for mathematics and science teachers of grades 7-12 will open in Fall of 2016.

Applications Open Fall 2016

Applications for mathematics and science teachers of grades 7-12 will open in Fall of 2016.

When nominations and applications open, we can let you know! Contact us at

This video features highlights from last year's Recognition Event for 7th-12th grade PAEMST awardees announced in July 2015.

Awardees Announced August 2016

On August 22, 2016, President Obama named 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

"The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our Nation's success," President Obama said. "As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills that help keep us on the cutting-edge."

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

Click here to meet the awardees and learn more!

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The 2012 awardees gathered at the National Science Foundation