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The Department of Education is pleased to announce that Virginia will participate in the
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program.


The PAEMST program recognizes teachers of science, technology, engineering, mathematics,
and computer science—kindergarten through grade 12—in each state and the four United
States jurisdictions.


The PAEMST awardees serve as models for their colleagues and are
leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education.
The PAEMST program recognizes elementary and secondary level teachers in alternating


This year, recognition will be given to teachers for secondary mathematics and
secondary science (grades 7-12). Computer science applications will be reviewed as part of
the mathematics category, and engineering applications will be reviewed as part of the
science category.


Virginia may recommend up to three nominees in mathematics teaching and three nominees
in science teaching. From these state finalists, a national committee will choose up to two national-level awardees (one in each award group) from Virginia. National awardees receive a $10,000 personal award and participate in recognition events and other activities.


Secondary mathematics or science teachers must be nominated using the online nomination form. Nominations may be made by students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Teachers may also self-nominate.


The nomination form must be submitted electronically by January 9, 2023, and should be completed early enough so that the teacher has enough time to prepare an application that reflects exemplary secondary teaching. The nomination form and the application packet as well as complete directions are available on the PAEMST website. All completed applications must be submitted electronically by February 6, 2023.


To fill out the form and recommend a teacher, click HERE.