Two Montana school teachers have been selected as national award winners for the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation’s highest honor for U.S. mathematics and science teachers in grades K through 12.
A committee of Montana science and math teachers selected five teachers from a pool of 12 applicants statewide for the 2016 school year. From these state finalists, a national panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators selected two to be national award winners.
The most recent national award winners from Montana are:
2016 Grades K-6
For Science: Judith Boyle, Divide School, Divide
For Math: Dacia Lackey, Hyalite Elementary School, Bozeman
PAEMST finalists are true leaders in education, using highly innovative approaches and technology in their classroom teaching. Nominees for the award must complete a rigorous application process that incorporates video footage of classroom lessons along with substantial written documentation of impacts on student achievement.
Each year, the national panel selects up to 108 teachers to receive Presidential Awards, including teachers from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and the schools operated in the United States and overseas by the Department of Defense Education Agency.
Teachers who are selected as Presidential Awardees receive a $10,000 award, a presidential citation, and a trip to Washington, D.C. for a series of recognition events, information exchange programs, and an awards ceremony.
Nationally, the awards program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House.
In Montana, the state recognition program is sponsored and administered by the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation in association with the Montana Association of Presidential Awardees.