Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
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The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the Nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.
Since 1983, more than 4,300 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals.
In 2016 Elementary teachers (kindergarten - 6th grade) may apply. The application is due May 1, 2016.
In 2015 Secondary school teachers (grades 7 - 12) may apply. The application is due May 1, 2015.
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2012 Mathematics Awardee
The Presidential Award recognizes educators with the highest level of commitment to effective teaching practices in the areas of mathematics and science. Personally, this award is a culmination of efforts put forth by the State of Iowa, Des Moines Public Schools, and the Downtown School community resulting in my ability and passion to provide meaningful and individualized learning opportunities. I am honored to accept this award and do so on behalf of my colleagues, families, and students.
Josie Burg has been an elementary teacher in Iowa for 9 years. For the past 6 years, she has taught 7-, 8-, and 9-year-olds at the Downtown School in the Des Moines Public School District. Previously, she taught at Jackson Elementary in Des Moines and St. Patrick’s Catholic School in the Perry Community School District.
One of Josie’s favorite parts of teaching is thinking about her students as mathematicians and helping to guide them in developing their own strategies while engaged in solving problems. She feels it is her role to provide her students with meaningful instruction that, in turn, allows them to have a solid foundation in mathematics.
In addition to her responsibilities in the classroom, Josie has served as a mathematics instructor for Heartland Area Education Agency and her classroom has been opened to educators and administrators from across the State of Iowa to observe her teaching practices.
Josie has been a cooperating teacher for undergraduate students in the discipline of mathematics for several years and is a member of the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Josie has a B.A. in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.S. in advanced studies in elementary education from Drake University. She is certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade elementary curriculum.
Mathematics Past Awardees
|2012||K-6||Josie Burg||Downtown School||Des Moines|
|2011||7-12||Karla Digmann||George Washington Middle School||Dubuque|
|2010||K-6||Barbara Leise||Downtown School||Des Moines|
|2009||7-12||Matthew Miller||George Washington High School||Cedar Rapids|
|2008||K-6||Mary Black||Irving Elementary School||Dubuque|
|2007||7-12||Susan Royer||Kuemper Catholic School System||Carroll|
|2006||K-6||Jennifer Johnson||Jefferson Elementary School||Des Moines|
|2005||7-12||Linda Seeger||Okoboji High School||Milford|
|2004||K-6||Marcia Carlson||Crestview Elementary School||Clive|
|2003||7-12||Virginia Swenson||Ames High School||Ames|
|2002||7-12||Margaret Magner||Independence Middle School||Independence|
|2002||K-6||Christina Nugent||Fulton School||Dubuque|
|2001||7-12||Angelia Shindelar||Nodaway Valley Middle School||Fontanelle|
|2001||K-6||Denise Carlson||Gilbert Elementary School||Gilbert|
|2000||7-12||Debra Tvrdik||Fort Dodge Senior High School||Fort Dodge|
|2000||K-6||Annette Louk||Webster City Middle School||Webster City|
|1999||7-12||Jean Krusi||Ames Middle School||Ames|
|1999||K-6||Diana Schmidt||Edwards Elementary School||Ames|
|1998||7-12||Mary Dilts||Theodore Roosevelt High School||Des Moines|
|1998||K-6||Pamela Fox||Titan Hill Intermediate School||Council Bluffs|
|1997||7-12||Joseph Zimmerman||Central Academy||Des Moines|
|1997||K-6||Karen Voss||Merrill Middle School||Des Moines|
|1996||7-12||Cheryl Ross||Mason City High School||Mason City|
|1996||K-6||Christine Schultz||Abraham Lincoln High School||Council Bluffs|
|1995||7-12||Michael Link||Central Academy||Des Moines|
|1995||K-6||Jacquelin Smith||Malcolm Price Laboratory School||Cedar Falls|
|1994||7-12||Bret Hoyer||John F. Kennedy High School||Cedar Rapids|
|1994||K-6||Karen Hoiberg||Abbie Sawyer Elementary School||Ames|
|1993||7-12||Ronald Fox||Lewis Central High School||Council Bluffs|
|1993||K-6||Mary Elizabeth Jorgensen||Kate Wickham Elementary||Coralville|
|1992||7-12||C. Christensen||Malcolm Price Laboratory School||Cedar Falls|
|1992||K-6||Eleanor Thomas||Northwood Elementary School||Ames|
|1991||7-12||Curtis Tauke||Monticello Middle/High School||Monticello|
|1991||K-6||Judy Christiansen||West Ridge Elementary School||Harlan|
|1990||7-12||James Maltas||Malcolm Price Laboratory School||Cedar Falls|
|1990||K-6||Shelva Boyd||Gertrude Fellows Elementary School||Ames|
|1989||7-12||Earl Ockenga||Malcolm Price Laboratory School||Cedar Falls|
|1988||7-12||Pauline Antons||Midland Community||Wyoming|
|1987||7-12||David Griffin||Bettendorf Middle School||Bettendorf|
|1986||7-12||Christopher Olsen||George Washington Senior High School||Cedar Rapids|
|1985||7-12||Tom Meskel||Mason City High School||Mason City|
|1984||7-12||Karen Dotseth||Cedar Falls High School||Cedar Falls|
|1983||7-12||Roger Fuerstenberg||Sudlow Junior High School||Davenport|
2012 Science Awardee
I feel incredibly honored to be selected as a recipient of the PAEMST award. Being an award winner allows me access to an amazing group of thinkers. Collaboration and dialogue are the drivers of progress, and being able to converse with the current and past winners will be a wonderful asset as I continue to grow as an educator. The PAEMST experience has broadened my horizons in ways I never thought possible.
Mason Kuhn has taught fourth grade at Shell Rock Elementary for the last 5 years. He spent the previous 2 years teaching third grade at Washington Elementary in Charles City, IA. Before that, he spent 1 year teaching fourth grade mathematics and science at King Chavez Academies in San Diego, CA, and 5 years teaching fifth grade science at Eckert Intermediate School in Houston, TX. In addition to teaching, he has directed the Science Writing Heuristic Professional Learning Community in the Waverly-Shell Rock School District.
For the last 5 years, Mason has organized and led the Shell Rock Elementary Science Club, an afterschool gathering of students who use inquiry to conduct science experiments. The annual culminating event has been the Shell Rock Science Fair, where students display project boards, receive awards, and have their picture taken for the local paper.
Mason has been the lead or contributing author of six articles published in peer-reviewed journals, most recently in the summer 2013 issue of "Science and Children."
Mason has a B.S. in elementary education from Coe College, an M.S. in science education from Walden University, and an M.S. in special education from the University of North Dakota. He is pursuing an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction at the University of Northern Iowa. He is certified in elementary education (kindergarten through sixth grade).
Science Past Awardees
|2012||K-6||Mason Kuhn||Shell Rock Elementary||Shell Rock|
|2011||7-12||Jody Stone||Northern University High School||Cedar Falls|
|2010||K-6||Brandon Schrauth||Beaver Creek Elementary||Johnston|
|2009||7-12||Jessica Gogerty||North High School||Des Moines|
|2008||K-6||Michelle Harris||Anita Elementary School||Anita|
|2007||7-12||Justine Heckman||Abraham Lincoln High School||Council Bluffs|
|2005||7-12||Danielle Spaete||Pleasant Valley High School||Pleasant Valley|
|2004||K-6||Kari Ringgenberg-Pingel||Jefferson Elementary School||Pella|
|2003||7-12||Kevin Brasser||South O'Brien School||Paullina|
|2002||7-12||Susan Vogel||Thomas Jefferson High School||Cedar Rapids|
|2001||7-12||Julie Townsend||Parkview Middle School||Ankeny|
|2000||7-12||Yvette McCulley||Kirn Jr. High School||Council Bluffs|
|2000||K-6||Susan Haugen||Kennedy Elementary School||Dubuque|
|1999||7-12||Lyn Countryman||Malcolm Price Laboratory School||Cedar Falls|
|1999||K-6||Karla Snodgrass||Western Hills Elementary School||West Des Moines|
|1998||7-12||James Hurley||Waverly-Shell Rock High School||Waverly|
|1998||K-6||Jeanne Burns||Gunn Elementary School||Council Bluffs|
|1997||7-12||Curtis Froyen||Knoxville High School||Knoxville|
|1997||K-6||Shelba Oberto||Colfax-Mingo Elementary School||Des Moines|
|1996||7-12||John Kounas||Westwood High School||Sloan|
|1996||K-6||Elizabeth Laughlin||North Hill Elementary School||Burlington|
|1995||7-12||Karen Sievers||Callanan Middle School||Des Moines|
|1995||K-6||Margaret Ann Sadeghpour-Kramer||North Cedar Middle School||Clarence|
|1994||7-12||Ernest Schiller||Central Lee High School||Donnellson|
|1994||K-6||James Christensen||Galva-Holstein Middle School||Galva|
|1993||7-12||Hector Ibarra||West Branch Middle School||West Branch|
|1993||K-6||Cindy Roberts||Wall Lake-View Auburn Schools||Wall Lake|
|1992||7-12||Daniel McGrail||Carlisle High School||Carlisle|
|1992||K-6||C. Christensen||Malcolm Price Laboratory Schooll||Cedar Falls|
|1991||7-12||Theresa Knapp Holtzclaw||Valley High School||West Des Moines|
|1991||K-6||Joan Braunagel McShane||Jefferson Elementary School||Davenport|
|1990||7-12||Jan Wielert||Iowa City West High School||Iowa City|
|1990||K-6||Suzanne Kelly||Warren H. Meeker Elementary School||Ames|
|1989||7-12||Floyd Sturtevant||Ames High School||Ames|
|1988||7-12||Morgan Masters||Chariton Community Schools||Chariton|
|1987||7-12||Sandra Walton||Dubuque Senior High School||Dubuque|
|1986||7-12||Ross Iverson||Miller Junior High School||Marshalltown|
|1985||7-12||Donald Schaefer||Bettendorf High School||Bettendorf|
|1983||7-12||Karen Stiles||Nathan Week Transitional||Des Moines|