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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

This prestigious national awards program is intended to increase status and rewards for demonstrated professionalism, including leadership, in the areas of mathematics and science teaching so that individuals of high quality will be encouraged to enter and remain in the field of teaching.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (PAEMST) for the White House, which began the program in 1983 to improve teaching in mathematics and the sciences.  Elementary-level teachers have been included in the program since 1990. Each year, the program honors outstanding mathematics and science teachers throughout the United States and its territories in recognition of:

  • high-quality classroom performance;
  • the effects teachers have on students; and
  • the teacher's personal and professional goals.

During its first decade, the PAEMST program has received significant favorable national attention and recognition while expanding its scope to embrace elementary-school teachers as well as middle/secondary-school teachers of mathematics and science.

After a rigorous state-level screening and selection process, the state finalists are again screened at the national level before 216 Presidential Awardees are Named to represent the states, territories, and jurisdictions covered by the PAEMST program.

Current State Finalists


2022 PAEMST State Finalist

Elementary Mathematics

  • Heidi Fee, Charlestown Elementary

2021 PAEMST State Finalist Awaiting National Review

Secondary Mathematics:

  • Donna MaCadden, Narragansett High School, Narragansett School System
  • Paul Ruhle, Lincoln High School, Lincoln Public Schools

Secondary Sciences:

  • Bryan Colahan, Tiverton High School, Tiverton School District
  • Rachel Roberge, Scituate High School, Scituate Public Schools

Presidential Awardees


2020 National Awardees


Nicole Lemire
Samuel Slater Middle School
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
2020 Award | K-6 Science

Nicolle (Nikki) Greene
Holliman Elementary
Warwick, Rhode Island
2020 Award | K-6 Mathematics

Past National Awardees

Past State Finalist by Content Area