# President Obama honors outstanding mathematics and science teachers

August 25, 2016Aug. 22, 2016

President Obama today named 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. These awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, DC on September 8.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded 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 at the state level. Each nomination year of the award alternates between teachers in the kindergarten through 6th grade level, and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The cohort of awardees named today represent two nomination years, one of teachers in kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms and the other in 7th through 12th grade classrooms.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.

"The recipients of this award are integral to ensuring our students are equipped with critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are vital to our Nation's success," President Obama said. "As the United States continues to lead the way in the innovation that is shaping our future, these excellent teachers are preparing students from all corners of the country with the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills that help keep us on the cutting-edge."

President Obama and his Administration have taken significant steps to strengthen education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in order to fully harness the promise of our Nation's students. The President's Educate to Innovate campaign, launched in November 2009, has resulted in more than $1 billion in private investment for improving K-12 STEM education. Additionally, in 2011, the President set an ambitious goal to put 100,000 additional excellent STEM teachers in America's classrooms by 2021. Thanks to the work of more than 280 organizations, 30,000 new STEM teachers have already been trained, and resources are in place to train an additional 70,000 STEM teachers by 2021. In parallel, the President has called for increasing the proficiency of America's existing STEM teachers with a Master Teacher Corps initiative, which would identify the most effective K-12 STEM teachers and support them in a program to propagate their best practices with their peers. You can read more about the President's commitment to science, technology, and innovation.

The recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are listed below, by nomination cohort and then by state.

To learn more about these extraordinary teachers, please visit the PAEMST recognition website.

**Grades K-6 Award Cohort**

__Alabama__

*Kimberly Bowen*, Rainbow Elementary School, Mathematics

*Julie Neidhardt*, Dawes Intermediate School, Science

__Alaska__

*Joey Jigliotti*, Alpenglow Elementary School, Science

MaryLee Tung, Sand Lake Elementary School, Mathematics

__Arizona__

*Tabetha Finchum*, Centennial Elementary School, Mathematics

*Janice Mak*, Fireside Elementary School, Science

__Arkansas__

*Ashley Kasnicka*, Harvey Jones Elementary School, Mathematics

*Cassie Kautzer*, Monitor Elementary School, Science

__California__

*Andrew Kotko*, Mather Heights Elementary School, Mathematics

*Erica Rood*, CHIME Charter School, Science

__Colorado__

*Dawn Bauer*, Carson Elementary School, Science

*Carolyn Jordan*, Normandy Elementary School, Mathematics

__Connecticut__

*Liesl Fressola,*Sandy Hook Elementary School, Science

*Nicole Gilson*, Peck Place School, Mathematics

__Delaware__

*Kristin Gray*, Richard A. Shields Elementary School, Mathematics

*Kimberly Simmons*, W. Reily Brown Elementary School, Science

__District of Columbia__

*Kristina Kellogg*, Watkins Elementary School, Mathematics

*Michael Mangiaracina*, Brent Elementary School, Science

__Department of Defense Education Activity__

*Bridget Lester*, Ft. Rucker Primary School, Science

*Rebecca Sterrett*, Ramstein Elementary School, Mathematics

__Florida__

*Janet Acerra*, Forest Lakes Elementary School, Science

*Angela Phillips*, Chets Creek Elementary School, Mathematics

__Georgia__

*Amanda Cavin*, Unity Grove Elementary School, Mathematics

*Steven King*, Whit Davis Elementary School, Science

__Hawaii__

*Eliza Akana Yoshida*, Pu'u Kukui Elementary School, Mathematics

*Stan Mesina*, August Ahrens Elementary School, Science

__Idaho__

*Giselle Isbell*, Anser Charter School, Mathematics

*Linda Truxel*, Barbara Morgan Elementary School, Science

__Illinois__

*Catherine Ditto*, Burley Elementary School, Mathematics

*James O'Malley*, Thomas A. Edison Elementary School, Science

__Indiana__

*Martin Briggs*, Crichfield Elementary School, Mathematics

*Kristen Poindexter*, Spring Mill Elementary School, Science

__Iowa__

*Ann Johnson*, Sageville Elementary School, Mathematics

*Joshua Steenhoek*, Jefferson Intermediate School, Science

__Kansas__

*Michelle Kelly*, Basehor Elementary School, Mathematics

*Brandi Leggett*, Prairie Ridge Elementary School, Science

__Kentucky__

*Vivian Bowles*, Kit Carson Elementary School, Science

*Gina Kimery*, Farmer Elementary School, Mathematics

__Louisiana__

*Mary Legoria*, Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School, Science

*Kristen Mason*, L. W. Ruppel Academy for Advanced Studies, Mathematics

__Maine__

*Lauree Gott*, Veazie Community School, Science

*Laura Stevens*, Dora L. Small Elementary School, Mathematics

__Maryland__

*Hilarie Hall*, The Woods Academy, Science

*Jennifer Kiederer Lawrence*, Warren Elementary School, Mathematics

__Massachusetts__

*John Heffernan*, Anne T. Dunphy School, Science

*Karen Schweitzer*, Anne T. Dunphy School, Mathematics

__Michigan__

*Gary Koppelman*, Blissfield Elementary School, Science

*Francie Robertson*, Pine Tree Elementary, Mathematics

__Minnesota__

*Frances Stang*, O. H. Anderson Elementary School, Science

*Carissa Tobin*, Nellie Stone Johnson Community School, Mathematics

__Mississippi__

*Karin Bowen*, Brandon Middle School, Mathematics

*Vicki Moorehead*, St. Anthony Catholic School, Science

__Missouri__

*Nancy McClintock*, Center for Creative Learning, Science

*Katherine Schack*, Lakeview Elementary School, Mathematics

__Montana__

*Kara Nelson*, Meadowlark Elementary School, Mathematics

*Colleen Windell*, Lolo Middle School, Science

__Nebraska__

*Amy Falcone*, Hillside Elementary School, Mathematics

*Kyla Hall*, Kloefkorn Elementary School, Mathematics

__Nevada__

*Arvella Jergesen*, Fernley Intermediate School, Mathematics

*Kathleen Schaeffer*, Bob Miller Middle School, Mathematics

__New Hampshire__

*Rebecca Cummings*, Pelham Elementary School, Science

*Ann Gaffney*, Londonderry Middle School, Mathematics

__New Jersey__

*Julia Ogden*, Woodcliff Middle School, Science

*Coshetty Vargas*, Washington Park School, Mathematics

__New Mexico__

*Cynthia Colomb*, Hermosa Middle School, Science

*Bernadine Cotton*, Tombaugh Elementary School, Mathematics

__New York__

*Eliza Chung*, The School at Columbia University, Mathematics

*Lisbeth Uribe*, The School at Columbia University, Science

__North Carolina__

*Justin Osterstrom*, Martin Gifted and Talented Magnet Middle School, Science

*Kayonna Pitchford*, Stoney Point Elementary School, Mathematics

__North Dakota__

*Loni Miller*, Saxvik Elementary School, Science

*Angela Stoa-Lipp*, Kennedy Elementary School, Mathematics

__Ohio__

*Marcy Burns*, Main Street Intermediate School, Science

*Susan Dankworth*, Thomas E. Hook Elementary School, Mathematics

__Oklahoma__

*Rebekah Hammack*, Stillwater Middle School, Science

*Moriah Widener*, Jenks West Intermediate School, Mathematics

__Oregon__

*Maureen Murphy-Foelkl*, Chapman Hill Elementary School, Science

*Sarah Luvaas*, Redland Elementary School, Mathematics

__Pennsylvania__

*Karen Bungo*, Horace Mann Elementary School, Mathematics

*Geoffrey Selling*, Germantown Friends School, Science

__Puerto Rico__

*Esther Alvarez-Meléndez*, Academia San Ignacio de Loyola, Science

*Carmen Olmo*, Saint John's School, Mathematics

__Rhode Island__

*Barbara Pellegrino*, Harold F. Scott Elementary School, Mathematics

*Debra Turchetti-Ramm*, Sarah Dyer Barnes Elementary School, Science

__South Carolina__

*Tammy Joiner*, Little Mountain Elementary School, Mathematics

*Rebecca Strong*, Thomas C. Cario Middle School, Science

__South Dakota__

*Roby Johnson*, Holgate Middle School, Science

*Crystal McMachen*, East Middle School, Mathematics

__Tennessee__

*Theresa Feliu*, John Adams Elementary School, Mathematics

*Nicole Resmondo*, Gresham Middle School, Science

__Texas__

*Erika Hassay*, Live Oak Elementary School, Mathematics

*Celena Miller*, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Science

__U.S. Territories__

*Fina Leon Guerrero*, Manuel Ulloa Lujan Elementary School, Mathematics

*Richard Carlos Velasco*, FBLG Middle School, Mathematics

__Utah__

*Jalyn Kelley*, Wilson Elementary School, Mathematics

*Britnie Powell*, Salt Lake Center for Science Education, Science

__Vermont__

*Laura Botte Fretz*, Edmunds Middle School, Mathematics

*Lisa Marks*, Ludlow Elementary School, Science

__Virginia__

*Barbara-Ann Adcock*, Pocahontas Elementary School, Science

*Eric Imbrescia*, Peak View Elementary School, Mathematics

__Washington__

*Meredith Gannon*, Sacajawea Elementary School, Science

*Deborah Halperin*, Laurelhurst Elementary School, Mathematics

__West Virginia__

*Cynthia Evarts*, Orchard View Intermediate School, Mathematics

*Nancy Holdsworth*, New Manchester Elementary School, Science

__Wisconsin__

*Lori Baryenbruch*, River Valley Elementary Spring Green, Science

*Tina Parker*, Sam Davey Elementary School, Mathematics

__Wyoming__

*Gayla Hammer*, Lander Middle School, Science

*Nancy Windholz*, Saratoga Elementary School, Mathematics

Grades 7-12 Award Cohort

__Alabama__

*Ryan Reardon*, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, Science

*Joel White*, Brooks High School, Mathematics

__Alaska__

*Christopher Benshoof*, Lathrop High School, Mathematics

*Catherine Walker*, Romig Middle School, Science

__Arizona__

*Marizza Bailey*, BASIS Scottsdale, Mathematics

*Michael McKelvy*, Basha High School, Science

__Arkansas__

*Daniel Moix*, Bryant High School, Mathematics

*Diedre Young*, Ridgway Christian High School, Science

__California__

*Maria McClain*, Deer Valley High School, Mathematics

*Michael Towne*, Citrus Hill High School, Science

__Colorado__

*Lisa Bejarano*, Aspen Valley High School, Mathematics

*Jessica Noffsinger*, STEM Magnet Lab School, Science

__Connecticut__

*Richard Broggini*, Smith Middle School, Science

*Elizabeth Capasso*, Jettie S. Tisdale School, Mathematics

__Delaware__

*Robin Corrozi*, Cape Henlopen High School, Mathematics

*John Scali*, MOT Charter High School, Science

__District of Columbia__

*Shira Printup*, McKinley Technology High School, Mathematics

*Melanie Wiscount*, McKinley Technology Education Campus, Science

__Department of Defense Education Activity__

*Michal Turner*, Vicenza Middle School, Mathematics

__Florida__

*Tracy Smith*, Bak Middle School of the Arts, Science

*Kelly Zunkiewicz*, Dr. Earl J. Lennard High School, Mathematics

__Georgia__

*Marc Pedersen*, Paulding County High School, Science

*Cindy Apley Rose*, Couch Middle School, Mathematics

__Hawaii__

*Alicia Nakamitsu*, Aiea High School, Mathematics

*Bryan Silver*, Kalani High School, Science

__Idaho__

*Jason George*, Vision Charter School, Science

*Micah Lauer*, Heritage Middle School, Science

__Illinois__

*Michael Fumagalli*, East Leyden High School, Science

*Lisa Nicks*, Thornton Township High School, Mathematics

__Indiana__

*Hugh Ross*, Guerin Catholic High School, Science

*Michael Spock*, Columbus North High School, Mathematics

__Iowa__

*Lynnetta Bleeker*, Parkview Middle School, Science

*Richard Brooks*, Johnston High School, Mathematics

__Kansas__

*Trissa McCabe*, Reno Valley Middle School, Mathematics

*Denise Scribner*, Eisenhower High School, Science

__Kentucky__

*Carly Baldwin*, Boyd County High School, Science

*Christine Bickett*, North Bullitt High School, Mathematics

__Louisiana__

*Linda Messina*, Saint Joseph's Academy, Science

*Donna Patten*, West Monroe High School, Mathematics

__Maine__

*Marielle Edgecomb*, Peninsula School, Mathematics

*Cary James*, Bangor High School, Science

__Maryland__

*Elizabeth Lazaro*, Buck Lodge Middle School, Science

*Elizabeth Megonigal*, Huntingtown High School, Science

__Massachusetts__

*Neil Plotnick*, Everett High School, Mathematics

*Keith Wright*, The Springfield Renaissance School, Science

__Michigan__

*Brian Langley*, Novi High School, Science

*Wendy Osterman*, Sashabaw Middle School, Mathematics

__Minnesota__

*Morgan Fierst*, South High, Mathematics

*Lisa Houdek*, Central Senior High School, Science

__Mississippi__

*Marshall Hobbs*, Jackson Preparatory School, Science

*Lauren Zarandona*, Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, Mathematics

__Missouri__

*Carol Robertson*, Fulton High School, Science

*Deanna Wasman*, David H. Hickman High School, Mathematics

__Montana__

*Jessica Anderson*, Powell County High School, Science

*Kerry Gruizenga*, Skyview High School, Mathematics

__Nebraska__

*Nicole Miller*, Lakeview Jr-Sr High School, Science

*Gregory Sand*, Central High School, Mathematics

__New Hampshire__

*Robin Ellwood*, Rye Junior High School, Science

*Patrick Kaplo*, Windham High School, Science

__New Jersey__

*Victoria Gorman*, Medford Memorial Middle School, Science

*Amy Mosser*, Seneca High School, Mathematics

__New Mexico__

*Kathleen Boerigter*, Los Alamos High School, Science

*Kevin Gant*, Nex+Gen Academy, Science

__New York__

*Daniel Mattoon*, Niskayuna High School, Mathematics

*Amanda Zullo*, Saranac Lake High School, Science

__North Carolina__

*Lauren Baucom*, Forest Hills High School, Mathematics

*Karen Newman*, Durham Academy, Science

__North Dakota__

*Jonathan Fugleberg*, May-Port CG High School, Mathematics

*Michelle Strand*, West Fargo High School, Science

__Ohio__

*Amy Roediger*, Mentor High School, Science

*Beth Vavzincak*, Normandy High School, Mathematics

__Oklahoma__

*Teri Kimble*, Hydro-Eakly Middle School/High School, Science

*Jamie Rentzel*, Norman High School, Mathematics

__Oregon__

*Katharine Dean*, Centennial High School, Science

*Brian Hanna*, Newport High School, Mathematics

__Pennsylvania__

*Elizabeth Allen*, Saucon Valley High School, Mathematics

*Jaunine Fouché*, Milton Hershey School, Science

__Puerto Rico__

*Nelson Franqui Flores*, Saint John's School, Mathematics

*Keyla Soto Hidalgo*, University High School, Science

__Rhode Island__

*Anthony Borgueta*, Barrington Middle School, Science

*Kristen Jahnz*, Cumberland High School, Mathematics

__South Carolina__

*Gail Vawter*, Springfield Middle School, Science

*Jennifer Wise*, Hand Middle School, Mathematics

__South Dakota__

*Jennifer Fowler*, South Middle School, Science

*Bjorg Remmers-Seymour*, East Middle School, Mathematics

__Tennessee__

*Laura Darnall*, Goodpasture Christian School, Science

*Mary Vaughan*, Oak Ridge High School, Mathematics

__Texas__

*Patty Hill*, Kealing Middle School, Mathematics

*Cara Johnson*, Allen High School, Science

__U.S. Territories__

*Thora Henry Letang*, Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, Science

*Dora Borja Miura*, Saipan Southern High School, Mathematics

__Utah__

*Magdalene Huddleston*, Sand Ridge Junior High, Science

*Vicki Lyons*, Lone Peak High School, Mathematics

__Vermont__

*Katherine McCann*, U-32 Middle High School, Mathematics

*Mary Louise McLaughlin*, Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, Science

__Virginia__

*Kelle Lyn Scott*, Robinson Secondary School, Mathematics

*Camilla Walck*, Princess Anne High School, Science

__Washington__

*Scott Cooley*, University High School, Mathematics

*Jeffery Wehr*, Odessa High School, Science

__West Virginia__

*Maureen Miller*, Hurricane Middle School, Science

*Sarah Snyder*, Fairmont Senior High School, Mathematics

__Wisconsin__

*Juan Botella*, Monona Grove High School, Science

*John Hayes*, Northland Pines High School, Mathematics

__Wyoming__

*Lesley Urasky*, Rawlins High School, Science

*Patricia Urasky*, East High School, Mathematics

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