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Vol. 46, No. 45
June 14, 2012


Missouri Teachers Recognized for Excellence in Math and Science

Two Missouri teachers were selected this week as recipients of the 2011 Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Missouri's mathematics recipient is Jennifer Baker, Hazelwood West High School, Hazelwood School District; and science recipient is Robert Becker, Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood School District.

"The Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching honors true leaders in math and science education," said Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. "We congratulate Ms. Baker and Mr. Becker on their commendable efforts."

Nicastro added, "Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills are a critically important component of a student's education. These skills are preparing our future workforce to be able to compete in a global economy. Student success and economic prosperity starts with a solid educational foundation. It is this work that will launch Missouri to the top 10 in education by the year 2020."

PAEMST honorees receive a certificate signed by President Barack Obama, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities later this month, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to use at their discretion.

The PAEMST 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 educators teaching kindergarten through 6th grades and those teaching 7th through 12th grades.

The 2011 awardees represent 46 mathematics and 51 science teachers in grades 7th through 12th. The 97 teachers represent 49 states and four U.S. jurisdictions.

The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. For a complete list of 2011 awardees or more information, visit