This awards program is open to practicing public, private and parochial school teachers with a minimum of five years teaching experience. State finalists are chosen on the basis of their teaching performance, background and experience by a state selection committee. Application packets for each finalist are then forwarded for judging to the National Science Foundation. A national committee selects one math and one science teacher as the Oklahoma Presidential Awardees. The competition alternates each year between teachers of grades K-6 and teachers of grades 7-12. Teachers of grades 1-6 are eligible to apply for this award in the 2013-2014 school year. Teachers of grades 7-12 are eligible to apply in the 2014-2015 school year. The Awardees each receive an official notification from the White House, a $10,000 grant, and an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
For more information about this national awards program or to nominate an outstanding science or mathematics teacher, visit the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) website.
The following educators have been selected by a national committee as outstanding mathematics and science teachers and will serve as models for their colleagues and leaders for the improvement of mathematics and science education. Awards for the 2011, 2012 award cycles are still pending and anticipated to be announced later this year.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) |
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Year |
Math |
Science |
2010 |
Paige Bergin, Elementary Mathematics, Union Public Schools |
Denise Thomas, Elementary Science, Union Public Schools |
2009 |
Beth Harper, Secondary Mathematics, Moore Public Schools |
Kristy VanDorn, Secondary Science, Deer Creek Public Schools |
2008 |
Patricia Morgan, Elementary Mathematics, Norman Public Schools |
Jeri Doane, Elementary Science, Edmond Public Schools |
2007 |
Heather Sparks, Secondary Mathematics, Oklahoma City Public Schools |
Susan Bigge, Secondary Science, Tulsa Public Schools |
2006 |
Betsy Glad, Elementary Mathematics, Union Public Schools |
Stacy Darling, Elementary Science, Norman Public Schools |
2005 |
Julie Owens, Secondary Mathematics, El Reno Public Schools |
Colleen Bennett, Secondary Science, Bartlesville Public Schools |
2004 |
Lynn Peacher, Elementary Mathematics, Jenks Public Schools |
Ruth Rayner, Elementary Science, Edmond Public Schools |
2003 |
Lori Martin, Secondary Mathematics, Norman Public Schools |
Susie Stevens, Secondary Science, Latta Public Schools |
2002 |
Susan Powell, Secondary Mathematics, Cimarron Public Schools |
Deborah Cornelison, Secondary Science, Byng Public Schools |
2001 |
Karen Phillips, Secondary Mathematics, Lone Grove Public Schools |
Melissa Parnell, Secondary Science, Tahlequah Public Schools |
2000 |
Gloria Dupree, Secondary Mathematics, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics |
Jeff Marshall, Secondary Science |
1999 |
Joyce Shrock, Secondary Mathematics, Guymon Public Schools |
Karen Evans, Secondary Science, Hydro-Eakley Public Schools |
1998 |
Susan Arn, Secondary Mathematics, Metro Tech |
Sue Shoenhals, Secondary Science, Shattuck Public Schools |
1997 |
Sandra Pendergraft, Secondary Mathematics, Ponca City Public Schools |
James Calaway, Secondary Science, Lawton Public Schools |
1996 |
Melisa Rice, Secondary Mathematics, Coyle Public Schools |
A. Pool, Secondary Science, Clinton Public Schools |
1995 |
George Abshire, Secondary Mathematics, Jenks Public Schools |
Alicia Smith Osborne, Secondary Science, Pryor Public Schools |
1994 |
Larry Hesler, Secondary Mathematics, Stillwater Public Schools |
Bobby Melton, Secondary Science, Putnam City Schools |
1993 |
Jetta Burton, Secondary Mathematics, Norman Public Schools |
Betsy Mabry, Secondary Science, Enid Public Schools |
1992 |
Linda Hall, Secondary Mathematics, Tulsa Public Schools |
Terry Shaw, Secondary Science, Norman Public Schools |
1991 |
Judy Roach, Secondary Mathematics, Midwest City-Del City Public Schools |
Marcia Chamberlain, Secondary Science, Stillwater Public Schools |
1990 |
Karen Reed, Secondary Mathematics, El Reno Public Schools |
Beverly McMillan, Secondary Science, Marietta Public Schools |