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NEISD educator selected as 2013 presidential award finalist

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today announced that eight Texas teachers have been named finalists for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Algebra II teacher and Instructional Dean of Mathematics at Churchill High School, Amy Ferguson, is one of the eight finalists. The 2013 awards recognize seventh through twelfth grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom.

PAEMST is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

“I join with everyone at the Texas Education Agency in congratulating the Texas finalists for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching,” said Commissioner Williams. “These men and women stand as shining examples of the outstanding work educators do in Texas classrooms.”

To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher first must be nominated for the award. This year, the Texas PAEMST program received the highest total number of applicants in the nation with 52 in the two subjects combined. A state panel of master teachers, specialists, and administrators reviewed the applications and chose the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for state finalist status.

After the initial selection process at the state or territorial level, a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators may select one math and one science teacher from each state and U.S. jurisdiction for the national award.

National award winners will be announced during the summer of 2014. If Ferguson is selected, she will receive $10,000, a citation signed by the President of the United States, and a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend recognition events and professional development opportunities.

All of the 2013 finalists for Texas will be recognized by the State Board of Education.

Posted on July 11, 2013