U.S. President Trump Announces Presidential Excellence Awards in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering 4 August

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).

Awardees are selected from schools in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States territories which includes American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands. Nominations and awards are facilitated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation.

Presidential award for K-12 teachers

Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award given by the U.S. Government to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science.

A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists, and educators at the State and National levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to OSTP. Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Presidential award for STEM mentors

PAESMEM recognizes the critical role mentors play outside the traditional classroom setting in the academic and professional development of the future STEM workforce.

Colleagues, administrators, and students nominate individuals and organizations for exemplary mentoring sustained over a minimum of five years. Since 1995, PAESMEM has honored the hard work and dedication which mentors exhibit in broadening participation in the STEM pipeline.

Mentors support learners from kindergarten through the collegiate levels, as well as those who recently started their careers in STEM. Mentors share their expertise and guidance with learners, sometimes through formal mentoring programs. Mentors have demonstrated impact on individuals historically underrepresented in STEM.

Recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching:

Alabama

Jessye Gaines

Pamela Hamilton

Alaska

Chohla Moll

Tricia Turley

Arizona

Lynnea Bahm

Christine Mendoza

Arkansas

Mary Hatch

Melodie Murray

California

Janice Coonrod

Brian Shay

Colorado

Linda Cochran

Erin Greenwood

Connecticut

Christopher Newlan

Stephanie Quarato

Delaware

Jordan Estock

Eileen Voltz

District of Columbia

Ashley Kearney

William Stafford

DoDEA

Alysia Durham

Anna Sansone

Florida

Becky Bride

Scott Sowell

Georgia

Megan Heberle

Pamela Hytower

Hawaii

Tessie Ford

Kristie Yamamoto

Idaho

Jerod Morehouse

Illinois

Tanya Katovich

David Sladkey

Indiana

Kirstin Milks

Angela Snyder

Iowa

Bradley Jacobson

Sharon Jaeschke

Kansas

Luke Henke

Margaret Richard

Kentucky

Torri Martin

Keri Meador

Louisiana

Margaret Acree

Paula Callender

Maine

John Cangelosi

Robyn Graziano

Maryland

Hemalatha Bhaskaran

Stacie Marvin

Massachusetts

Douglas Scott

Jedediyah Williams

Michigan

Theodore Emch

Holly Hereau

Minnesota

Eric Friberg

Jessica Macken

Mississippi

Shani Bourn

LeShundra Young

Missouri

Jessica Haskins

Elegan Kramer

Montana

Robert Jensen

Mary McMahon

Nebraska

Debra Bulin

Amy Leising

Nevada

Jodi Cunningham

Richard Scroggie

New Hampshire

Susan Downer

Michelle Morton-Curit

New Jersey

Jennifer Fitzgerald

Alessandra MacFarlane

New Mexico

Jessica Esquibel

Melody Hagaman

New York

Kelly Jakab-Muller

Christina Pawlowski

North Carolina

Tyler Erb

Jill Francis

North Dakota

Kimberly Carpenter

Jessica Gregerson

Ohio

Carolyn Petite

Jeremy Secaur

Oklahoma

Cheryl Fentress

Brigit Minden

Oregon

Jason Galbraith

Kerryn Henderson

Pennsylvania

Susan Matthias

William McWatters

Puerto Rico

Ruth Caraballo

Yamitza Rosas Rodriguez

Rhode Island

Robert Mayne

Jane Ramos

South Carolina

David Degenhardt

Jenny Van Buren

South Dakota

Denise Clemens

Carla Diede

Tennessee

Billie Long

Huguette Williams

Texas

Katherine Fincher

Bridget Matamoros-Mota

United States Territories

Dymphnia Paulyn San Nicolas-Diaz

Lali Thundiyil

Utah

Natalie Darrington

David Morrill

Vermont

Philip Surks

Jennifer Wood

Virginia

Myron Blosser

Aziz Zahraoui

Washington

Carol McKay

Amy Peterson

West Virginia

Karen Donathan

Angela McKeen

Wisconsin

Katie Haas

Karen Olson

Wyoming

Aimee Kay

Jennifer Kelley

Recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring:

Alabama

Overtoun Jenda, Auburn University

California

Olivia A. Graeve, University of California, San Diego

David Eisenbud, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute*

District of Columbia

Paul Charles, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Georgia

Mulatu Lemma, Savannah State University

Maryland

Sara Hook, National Cancer Institute at Frederick*

Mississippi

William Earl McHenry, Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University

Missouri

Marie T. Mora, University of Missouri-St. Louis

New Jersey

Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, HISPA, Inc.*

New Mexico

Angela Wandinger-Ness, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

New York

Sheldon Weinbaum, The City College of New York

Oklahoma

Joe Cecil, Oklahoma State University

Texas

John Hatherill, Del Mar College

Maria Cristina Villalobos, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Washington

Eve Ann Riskin, University of Washington

* indicates Organizational Awardee

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