January 7, 2014

The following news release is shared on behalf of The White House. Congratulations to ASD's Amy Laufer for winning the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching!

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

December 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama today named 102 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This year's awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, event in the coming year.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2012 awardees named today teach kindergarten through 6th grade.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.

"These teachers are inspiring today's young students to become the next generation of American scientists, mathematicians, and innovators," President Obama said. "Through their passion and dedication, and by sharing their excitement about science, technology, engineering, and math, they are helping us build a promising future for all our children."

Excellent math and science teachers, exemplified by these awardees, are critical to getting more students engaged in the increasingly important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. That's why President Obama has committed to strengthening STEM education and has called for preparing 100,000 excellent science and mathematics teachers over the next decade—a goal that inspired the creation of "100kin10," a coalition of leading corporations, philanthropies, universities, service organizations, and others working to train and retain STEM teachers across the Nation. The President has also proposed to further strengthen the STEM teaching profession by launching a new STEM Master Teacher Corps, leveraging the expertise of some of our nation's best and brightest teachers in science and mathematics to elevate the teaching of these subjects nationwide.

Nominations for the 2014 PAEMST are open through April 1, 2014. For more information about PAEMST, please visit www.paemst.org.

The recipients of the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are:

Alabama

Danielle Peterson, Hoover (Math)

Rita Schell, Homewood (Science)

Alaska

Rebecca Himschoot, Sitka (Science)

Amy Laufer, Anchorage (Math)

Arizona

Allison Davis, Chandler (Math)

Cindy Piano, Glendale (Science)

Arkansas

Jennifer Richardson, Greenbrier (Science)

Christi Snow, Springdale (Math)

California

Jamie Garner, Turlock (Math)

Alma Park, East Palo Alto (Science)

Colorado

Elizabeth Grabois, Denver (Science)

Joan Standefer, Boulder (Math)

Connecticut

Mary Servino, Bridgeport (Science)

Maren Sussman, Ellington (Math)

Delaware

Timothy Dalby, Wilmington (Science)

Jeanine Moore, Millsboro (Math)

Department of Defense Education Activity

Carol Fears (Math)

Marilyn Hawks (Science)

District of Columbia

Katrina Abdussalaam (Math)

Martha Estroff (Science)

Florida

Nancy Bourne, Jupiter (Math)

Barbara Wilcox, Cocoa (Science)

Georgia

Christy Garvin, Powder Springs (Science)

Jeanne Rast, Hapeville (Math)

Hawaii

Laura Fukumoto, Honolulu (Math)

Dave Morishige, Mililani (Science)

Idaho

Tauna Johnson, Genesse (Science)

Donna Wommack, Genesse (Math)

Illinois

Lisa Feltman, Algonquin (Math)

Bryan Lake, Urbana (Science)

Indiana

Teresa Gross, Greenwood (Science)

Jay Vahle, Carmel (Math)

Iowa

Josie Burg, Des Moines (Math)

Mason Kuhn, Shell Rock (Science)

Kansas

Lindsey Constance, Shawnee (Science)

Cathy Wilber, Wamego (Math)

Kentucky

Suzanne Farmer, Danville (Math)

Patricia Works, Lexington (Science)

Louisiana

Donna Lamonte, Baton Rouge (Math)

Amanda Warren, Mandeville (Science)

Maine

Karen Jagolinzer, Yarmouth (Math)

Elizabeth Heidemann, Cushing (Science)

Maryland

Timothy Emhoff, Indian Head (Science)

Kris Hanks, Glen Burnie (Math)

Massachusetts

Erin Dukeshire, Roxbury (Science)

Jessica Findlay, Douglas (Math)

Michigan

Brian Peterson, Rochester (Science)

Emily Theriault-Kimmey, Ann Arbor (Math)

Minnesota

Cathy Kindem, Apple Valley (Science)

Michael Wallus, Saint Paul (Math)

Mississippi

Catherine Tebo, Jackson (Math)

Missouri

Laura Parn, Wentzville (Math)

Ragan Webb, Columbia (Science)

Montana

Elizabeth Matthews, Gallatin Gateway (Science)

Melissa Romano, Helena (Math)

Nebraska

Alysia Augustus, Bellevue (Math)

Kimberly Humphrey, Kearney (Science)

New Jersey

Jennifer Basner, Berlin (Math)

Jeanette Scillieri, Leonia (Science)

New Mexico

Anna Suggs, Las Cruces (Science)

Vivian Valencia, Espanola (Math)

New York

Helen Rogosin, New York (Science)

Joshua Rosen, Dobbs Ferry (Math)

North Carolina

Teresa Cowan, Swannanoa (Science)

Tonya Kepley, China Grove (Math)

North Dakota

Kristine Brandt, Fargo (Math)

Kathleen Lentz, Valley City (Science)

Ohio

Natalie Harr, Mantua (Science)

Elizabeth Pitzer, Arcanum (Math)

Oklahoma

Carol Huett, Moore (Science)

Patricia Reece, Bokoshe (Science)

Oregon

Kerry Morton, Bend (Math)

Pennsylvania

Susan Bauer, Macungie (Science)

Michael Soskil, Newfoundland (Math)

Puerto Rico

Maria Cerra-Castaner, Rio Pierdras (Math)

Rhode Island

Regina Kilday, Exeter (Math)

Clare Ornburn, Ashaway (Science)

South Carolina

John Dearybury III, Spartanburg (Science)

Donald Sarazen, Columbia (Math)

South Dakota

Ann Anderson, Belle Fourche (Science)

Erin Marsh, Pierre (Math)

Tennessee

Margaret Hawkins, Lebanon (Science)

Amber Hodge, Knoxville (Math)

Texas

Wendy Hendry, Colleyville (Math)

Kent Page, San Antonio (Science)

Utah

Rebecca Elder, Murray (Math)

Julie Hammari, Spanish Fork (Science)

Vermont

Carol Joy Dobson, Weybridge (Math)

Mary Ellis, Enosburg Falls (Math)

Virginia

Stephanie Chlebus, Alexandria (Math)

Elizabeth Miller, Richmond (Science)

Washington

Pamela Nolan-Beasley, Waitsburg (Science)

Nancy Pfaff, Redmond (Math)

West Virginia

Barbara Black, Hurricane (Science)

Gabrielle Rhodes, Buckhannon (Science)

Wisconsin

Mary Fernan, Milton (Math)

Kathleen Hiteman, Middleton (Science)

Wyoming

Laurie Graves, Big Horn (Science)

Kathleen Kniss, Laramie (Math)

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