Maryland Selects Finalists for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has announced six finalists for the 2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for Grades K-6.
Established in 1983, PAEMST are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. This year’s Maryland finalists in the K-6 grades are:
Kristin Caudill (Emma K. Doub Elementary School, Washington County Public Schools)
Daniel Fitzgerald (North Glen Elementary School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools)
Melissa Thompson (Arlington Elementary School, Baltimore City Public Schools)
Naomi Castleman (Northern Middle School, Washington County Public Schools)
Joanie Gulden (Glen Burnie Park Elementary School, Anne Arundel County Public Schools)
Catherine McNamara (Guilford Elementary School, Howard County Public Schools)
The award recognizes teachers that have both an in depth knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. State Finalists represent the most outstanding teachers Maryland has to offer and serve as both a model and an inspiration to students and fellow teachers.
Each year, a national committee of prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science education researchers, district level personnel, and classroom teachers recommends up to 108 teachers to receive PAEMST awards. Up to two teachers—mathematics or science—from each state receive the award. Teachers who are selected as PAEMST awardees receive a trip to Washington, D.C., where they attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities. They also receive a $10,000 award from NSF, a Presidential certificate, and join an elite cohort of award-winning teachers who can influence state and national STEM teaching.