The deadline is fast approaching to nominate teachers for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

These awards are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teaching.

This year, nominees must be currently teaching grades kindergarten through the sixth grade. On alternating years, educators teaching higher grade levels can be nominated. Anyone may nominate an exceptional teacher.


The nomination deadline is Jan. 8, and the application deadline is Feb. 8.

Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the president of the United States; a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. They also join a network of award-winning teachers from across the country. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

For questions or more information, contact the Iowa Department of Education Consultants Christopher Like (Science) or April Pforts (Mathematics)