Today, President Joe Biden named 117 teachers, mentors, and mentoring organizations as recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). These awards honor the dedication, hard work, and important role that America’s teachers and mentors play in supporting learners who will be future STEM professionals, including climate scientists, mathematicians, innovators, space explorers, and engineers. 

“I am deeply appreciative of the inspiration that America’s teachers and mentors provide every day to support the next generation of STEM professionals,” President Biden said. “The dedication these individuals and organizations have demonstrated to prepare students for careers in STEM fields, during what has been a difficult time for teachers, students, and families, plays a huge role in American innovation and competitiveness.  The work that teachers and mentors do ensures that our Nation’s children are able to unlock — for themselves and all of us – a world of possibilities.”

The benefits of a quality STEM education fail to reach every learner in this country often due to racial, gender, economic, and geographic disparities. STEM teachers and mentors serve as powerful catalysts for developing the vast potential of our Nation’s learners. PAEMST honors STEM teachers for the commitment they bring to the classroom and for their efforts to meet the learning needs of all their students. PAESMEM recognizes mentors for their efforts to inspire and encourage individuals from underserved and underrepresented communities in STEM and their efforts to ensure that all Americans can fully participate in science, mathematics and technology regardless of gender, race, resources or geography.

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

Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers can receive from the U.S. government. Each year, the award criteria alternates years between kindergarten through sixth grade and seventh through 12th grade teachers. This year, kindergarten through sixth grade teachers will receive Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

Award recipients over the years represent schools and organizations from all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) schools, and the U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands).

Nominees complete a rigorous application process that allows them to demonstrate deep content knowledge and their ability to adapt to a broad range of learners and teaching environments.

A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists and educators at the state and national levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving STEM education.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)

PAESMEM recognizes the critical roles mentors play outside the traditional classroom in the academic and professional development of the future STEM workforce.

Colleagues, administrators, and students nominate individuals and organizations for exemplary mentoring sustained over a minimum of five years. Since 1995, PAESMEM has honored the hard work and dedication mentors exhibit in broadening participation in STEM pathways.

Mentors support learners from the kindergarten through collegiate levels, as well as those who recently have started their careers in STEM. They share their expertise and guidance with learners, sometimes through formal mentoring programs. Learners are often from underrepresented and underserved communities in STEM.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), which manages PAEMST and PAESMEM on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), provides each recipient $10,000.  Award recipients also receive a certificate signed by the President. For more information, please visit PAEMST ( and PAESMEM (

Recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are listed below with their award category in parentheses:


Elizabeth Baranov, Hutchens Elementary School, Mobile (Mathematics)

Jennifer Kennedy, SPARK Academy at Cowart Elementary School, Athens, Alabama (Science)

Cori Ferenczy, Airport Heights Elementary School, Anchorage, Alaska (Mathematics)

Jason Daniels, Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School, Soldotna, Alaska (Science)


Agnus Post, Tucson County Day School, Tucson, Arizona (Mathematics)

Robyn Yewell, Harelson Elementary School, Tucson, Arizona (Science)


Lindsay Hall, Bernice Young Elementary School, Springdale, Arkansas (Mathematics)

Lisa Taylor, Willis D. Shaw Elementary School, Springdale, Arkansas (Science)


Khamphet Pease, Wilson Middle School, San Diego, California (Mathematics)

Marlys Williamson, Wolf Canyon Elementary School, Chula Vista, California (Science)


Michelle Dillard, Twain Elementary School, Centennial, Colorado (Mathematics)

Stephanie Basile, STEM Lab, Northglenn, Colorado (Science)


Mallory Emmons, The Peck Place School, Orange, Connecticut (Mathematics)

Lori Durocher, Norfeldt Elementary School, West Hartford, Connecticut (Science)


Brandi Luloff, Townsend Elementary School, Townsend, Delaware (Mathematics)

Leona Williams, Forwood Elementary School, Wilmington, Delaware (Science)


Sarah Werstuik, Brent Elementary School, Washington, D.C. (Mathematics)

Sheri Frierson-Chenier, Kimball Elementary School, Washington, D.C. (Science)


Lachanda Garrison, Bahrain Elementary School, FPO AE DoDEA (Mathematics)

Antoine Sharpe, Humphreys Middle School, APO, AP, DoDEA (Mathematics)


Lori Price, The Webster School, St. Augustine, Florida (Mathematics)

Katrina Madok, Gerald Adams Elementary School, Key West, Florida (Science)


Dyanna Motes, Kemp Elementary School, Powder Springs, Georgia (Mathematics)

Duane Doblar, R. D. Head Elementary School, Lilburn, Georgia (Science)


Wrayna Fairchild, Voyager Public Charter School, Honolulu, Hawaii (Science)

Crystal Doi, Nu’uanu Elementary School, Honolulu, Hawaii (Science)


Leigh Wilson, Potlatch Elementary School, Potlatch, Idaho (Mathematics)

Courtney Greene, Bryan Elementary, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (Science)


Brandy Hempen, Germantown Elementary School, Germantown, Illinois (Mathematics)

Carla Shortino, Catherine Cook School, Chicago, Illinois (Science)


Amanda Fox, Prairie Vista Elementary School, Granger, Indiana (Mathematics)

Sara Hoover, Beiger Elementary School, Mishawaka, Indiana (Science)


Angela Bonthuis, Gilbert Elementary School, Gilbert, Iowa (Mathematics)

Sarah Borzo, South Middle School, Waukee, Iowa (Science)


Callie Harris, Maize Elementary School, Maize, Kansas (Mathematics)

Zerrin Oelze, McLean Science & Technology Magnet Elementary School, Wichita, Kansas (Science)


Kaysin Higgins, North Calloway Elementary School, Murray, Kentucky (Mathematics)

David McDowell, Mason County Middle School, Maysville, Kentucky (Science)


Stephanie Gullage, R. K. Smith Middle School, Luling, Louisiana (Mathematics)

James Evans, Sterlington Middle School, Sterlington, Louisiana (Science)


Michele Flores, Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School, Deer Isle, Maine (Science)

Cindy Soule, Gerald E. Talbot Community School, Portland, Maine (Science)


Joanie Gulden, Glen Burnie Park Elementary School, Glen Burnie, Maryland (Mathematics)

Melissa Thompson, Arlington Elementary School #234, Baltimore, Maryland (Science)


Laura Richardson, Edith C. Baker School, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (Science)

Daniel Adler, UP Academy Leonard, Lawrence, Massachusetts (Science)


Stephanie Giroux Phillips, Murphy Elementary School, Metamora, Michigan (Mathematics)

Bridget Zahradnik, Parkview Elementary School, Novi, Michigan (Science)


Abram Schwartz, Bemidji Middle School, Bemidji, Minnesota (Mathematics)

Brian Hare, E-STEM Middle School, Woodbury, Minnesota (Science)


Millicent Gunter, Bayou View Elementary School, Gulfport, Mississippi (Mathematics)

Laura Bivins, Ann Smith Elementary School, Ridgeland, Mississippi (Mathematics)


Cassidy Urie, Jefferson Middle School, Columbia, Missouri (Mathematics)

Stacy Sharp-Adamson, Bell Prairie Elementary School, Kansas City, Missouri (Science)


Shianne Schmidt, Olney-Bissell School, Whitefish, Montana (Mathematics)

Christina Pavlovich, East Side Intermediate School, Livingston, Montana (Science)


Leah Litz, Bancroft Elementary School, Omaha, Nebraska (Science)


Amie Braik, Nick Poulakidas Elementary School, Reno, Nevada (Science)


Tristan Bowen, Riddle Brook School, Bedford, New Hampshire (Science)


Bruce Williams, Hedgepeth-Williams Middle School of the Arts, Trenton, New Jersey (Mathematics)

Helen Corveleyn, Hopewell Elementary School, Hopewell, New Jersey (Science)


Silvia Miranda, Mesa Elementary School, Clovis, New Mexico (Mathematics)      

Hope Cahill, El Dorado Community School, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Science)      


Lynda Brennan, RP Connor Elementary School, Suffern, New York (Mathematics)

Leslie Anson, Millbrook Middle School, Millbrook, New York (Mathematics)


Sarah Remery, Trindale Elementary School, Archdale, North Carolina (Mathematics)

Rolie Webb, Forest Hills Global Elementary School, Wilmington North Carolina (Science)


Krystina Pratt, New Albany Primary School, New Albany, Ohio (Mathematics)

Stephanie Nowak, Fairfax Elementary School, Mentor, Ohio (Science)


Jennifer Donwerth, Centennial Elementary School, Edmund, Oklahoma (Mathematics)

Karla White, Science, Earl Harris Elementary School, Bethany, Oklahoma (Science)


Amber Linn, North Star Elementary School, Bend, Oregon (Mathematics)


Jessica Tilli, William M. Meredith School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Mathematics)

Kristin Joivell, Juniata Valley Elementary School, Alexandria, Pennsylvania (Science)


Audha Ramirez, Colegio Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Mathematics)

Janine Hidalgo, Academia San Ignacio de Loyola, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Science)


Nicolle Greene, Holliman Elementary School, Warwick, Rhode Island (Mathematics)

Nicole Lemire, Samuel Slater Middle School, Pawtucket, Rhode Island (Science)


Kimberly Rothberg, Carolina Forest Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (Mathematics)

Michelle Traynum, Homeland Park Primary School, Anderson, South Carolina (Science


Darcy Vincent, Camelot Intermediate School, Brookings, South Dakota (Mathematics)

Merideth Wald, Black Hawk Elementary School, Black Hawk, South Dakota (Mathematics)


Laura Koch, Richland Elementary School, Memphis, Tennessee (Mathematics)

Charles Hayes, Highland Oaks Elementary School, Memphis, Tennessee (Science)


Kristen Butler, Medlin Middle School, Trophy Club, Texas (Mathematics)

Lori Garrett, Cactus Elementary School, Cactus, Texas (Science)


Michelle De Guzman, Guam, Juan M. Guerrero Elementary School, Dededo, Guam (Science)

Zahra O’Reilly-Bates, Virgin Islands, Ricardo Richards Elementary School, Kingshill, Virgin Islands (Mathematics)


Heidi Boogert, Highland Park Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah (Mathematics)

Jennifer Carver-Hunter, Mountain View Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah (Science)


Glenda Allen, Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, Barre, Vermont (Mathematics)

Susan Koch, Union Elementary School, Montpelier, Vermont (Science)


Tracey Curcio, Elizabeth Scott Elementary School, Chester, Virginia (Mathematics)

Cathleen Drake-McGarvey, Stony Mill Elementary School, Danville, Virginia (Science)


Julie Fry, Roosevelt Elementary School, Yakima, Washington (Science)

Allison Greenberg, Woodside Elementary School, Bothell, Washington (Science)


Joni Jones, Suncrest Elementary, Morgantown, West Virginia (Mathematics)

Tiffany Pace, Weberwood Elementary, Charleston, West Virginia (Science)


Lois Womack, Marvin E. Pratt Elementary School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Mathematics)

Leigh Kohlmann, Rock River Intermediate School, Waupun, Wisconsin (Science)


Willis Williams, Buffalo Ridge Elementary School, Cheyenne, Wyoming (Mathematics)

Katie McCue, Eastside Elementary School, Cody, Wyoming (Mathematics)

Individual Recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) are listed below:

Mohammad Qazi, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama

Winny Dong, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, Pomona, California

Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, University of California-Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California

Ansley Abraham, Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, Georgia

Junior Bernadin, The Ron Clark Academy, Atlanta, Georgia

Karen Burg, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia,

Mohsen Mosleh, Howard University, Washington D.C.

Cheryl Knobloch, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Margaret Baguio, University of Texas at Austin, NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium, Austin, Texas

Minerva Cordero, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Carri LeRoy, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

Joyce Yen, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Organizational Recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) are listed below:

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California

Hawaii Academy of Science, Honolulu, Hawaii

National GEM Consortium, Alexandria, Virginia

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