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Final day to nominate math or science teachers for 2022 Presidential Awards

Harrisburg, PA – Today is the final day for educators to nominate their peers for the 2022 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, specifically for STEM educators. To nominate, visit www.paemst.org.

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today encouraged Pennsylvania educators to nominate their deserving peers for the 2022 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST is the highest honor awarded by the federal government to teachers for excellence in K-6 science, technology, mathematics, and/or computer science.

“Pennsylvania is nationally known for its leadership in STEM and computer science education, and that is thanks in large part to our talented, passionate, and dedicated educators,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Noe Ortega. “We encourage teachers and administrators to nominate their peers for this honor so they may be recognized by the federal government and educators across the nation, as well as by their communities here in the commonwealth.”

The deadline to nominate a teacher is Friday, January 7, 2022. K-6 teachers interested in applying for the award must apply by February 6, 2022.

PAEMST was established by Congress in 1983 and is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The award recognizes educators with extensive content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. The president can select up to 108 educators annually for the award. STEM and computer science teachers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, and U.S. territories are eligible.

Pennsylvania remains a leader in STEM education. Since 2018, the governor has secured $20 million annually for PAsmart, which expands STEM and computer science education to learners of all ages. Targeted and Advancing PAsmart grants support high-quality STEM and computer science learning and professional development opportunities to communities across Pennsylvania, including within early learning centers, libraries, out-of-school time providers, career and technical education centers, post-secondary institutions, and K-12 schools. PDE has awarded 438 PAsmart grants since the 2018-19 school year.

For more information on the awards and eligibility requirements, please visit the PAEMST website at https://www.paemst.org.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Education, please visit the website or follow PDE on FacebookTwitterYouTube, or Pinterest.