Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Awards

Julie Pinto is one of three finalists for the 2019 PAEMST National Award!

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. The Awards were established by Congress in 1983. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

Julie Pinto, teacher at Hillgrove High School, is representing the Cobb County School District as a 2019 State Finalist for the 7-12 Mathematics award. She is one of three teachers competing for the National level award. Ms. Pinto has her Educational Specialist Degree from Kennesaw State University and is in her eighteenth year of teaching high school mathematics. She supports colleagues at the state and national level by presenting instructional ideas with mathematics teachers at conferences.

Awards are given to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, or the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands).

The award recognizes those teachers that have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program’s inception, more than 4,800 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.

Awardees reflect the expertise and dedication of the nation’s teaching corps, and they demonstrate the positive impact of excellent teachers on student achievement. The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

  • At the State Level, committees select up to three finalists from each award category (mathematics or science) for recognition at the state level and forward these applications to NSF for national review.
  • At the National Level, NSF convenes a national selection committee composed of prominent mathematicians, scientists, mathematics/science education researchers, district level personnel, and classroom teachers. The national committee reviews state finalists’ applications and recommends to NSF up to two finalists from each state or jurisdiction. The Director of NSF then submits the recommendations to the Director of OSTP.

Each Presidential Awardee at the national level receives a certificate signed by the President of the United States and a $10,000 award from NSF. Awardees are honored at an award ceremony which takes place in Washington, D.C. Additional events may include professional development opportunities and discussions with policy-makers on how to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM which includes computer science) education.

The Cobb County School District has had two national level winners in 7-12 Mathematics in the past:

Debbie Poss, teacher from Lassiter High School, received the award in 2001.

Murray Siegel, teacher from Walton High School, received the award in 1986.

The next application for awards is open Fall 2019 for K-6 teachers. Go to for more information.

Michelle Mikes, Supervisor

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