Hawaii Teachers Receive Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Celebrating the Profession
Congratulations to:
Laura Fukumoto  http://recognition.paemst.org/finalist_profile/29784
Dave Morishige http://recognition.paemst.org/finalist_profile/28897

The 2012 PAEMST Awardees were recently honored during a week of Recognition Events held March 2-5, 2014. The week included a visit with President Obama, who expressed his appreciation for their outstanding achievements.

President Obama Welcomes top Science and Math Teachers to the White House

For 101 of the Nation’s top science and math teachers, Monday was not your typical snow day. While DC-area students spent the day at home, the winners of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) trekked through the slushy streets of Washington to spend time with President Obama at the White House.
These outstanding teachers came from far and wide to be recognized for their tireless work to equip America’s students with the skills they need to grow into the next generation of innovators and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals.

This Presidential Award is the U.S. Government’s highest honor for K-12 math and science teachers. In December, President Obama announced this year’s 102 winners, who represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. These phenomenal educators were selected from a pool of more than 950 applicants by a distinguished panel of leaders in STEM education at both the state and national level.

Before meeting with President Obama, the teachers kicked off a three-day visit to Washington, DC, with a conversation about the future of STEM education in America with experts from the Department of Education, and participated in several professional development workshops with leaders from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the American Institute of
Physics, the American Physical Society, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Then, on Wednesday morning, the teachers received their award during a ceremony at the National Academies of Science.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science (including computer science). Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals.

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