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 4,100 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 2014 Elementary teachers (kindergarten - 6th grade) may apply. The application is due May 1, 2014.
In 2013 Secondary school teachers (grades 7 - 12) may apply. The application is due May 1, 2013.
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2011 Mathematics Awardee
This award is recognition of my commitment to helping students succeed. This honor is a testament to my great teachers, mentors, colleagues, and administrators, who have modeled, encouraged, and supported great teaching for me. The Presidential Award is motivating and inspires me to promote excellence in education through quality mathematics instruction. It is exhilarating to know that my efforts have such an incredible impact on students.
Karla Digmann has been an educator for 13 years and has been teaching mathematics at George Washington Middle School for the past 10 years. She has also taught middle school and high school mathematics in both Preston and Dyersville, IA.
Karla currently teaches Geometry, Algebra, and Pre-algebra to eighth graders. In addition, she coaches the school's MathCounts team and facilitates a mathematics club. Karla shares her love and enthusiasm for mathematics using activities that engage students. She continuously searches for new strategies to reach students.
As a leader in her school and district, Karla has led teacher in-service trainings and provided mentoring opportunities. She has helped implement the middle school mathematics curriculum, develop common assessments, and incorporate technology into classrooms. Karla is a member of her school's Site Council, Renaissance Committee, and School In Need of Assistance Team. She is also a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Karla has a B.S. in mathematics and teacher education, magna cum laude, from Loras College and an M.A. in teaching middle school mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa. She is certified in secondary mathematics with a middle school endorsement.
Mathematics Past Awardees
|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|
2011 Science Awardee
I am honored and humbled by being selected to receive this award. I have been blessed to be part of the best teaching and learning environment in Iowa, possibly in the Nation. Price Laboratory School is a place where teachers are encouraged to think outside the box and we, in turn, seek to inspire our students to do the same. Our talented team of teachers stimulate each other to creatively develop and implement ways to get kids to think more deeply, be more creative, and want to try harder.
Jody Stone has taught high school chemistry at Malcolm Price Laboratory School/Northern University High School on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa for the past 34 years. She has also taught middle school science and fifth grade science, in addition to teaching graduate courses in science education.
Jody’s unique position at her school has allowed her to work extensively on curriculum development, using her science classroom as a laboratory for the creation and testing of new ideas. This has benefited teachers both in Iowa and across the Nation. Her work includes programs such as CRISTAL and BIOMES. Through extensive grant work, she has presented workshops for Iowa teachers aimed at helping them move to a more inquiry-based, student-centered teaching model. Frequent presentations at National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conferences, as well as publications in NSTA journals, have helped ensure that her creative teaching ideas are shared with teachers throughout the country.
Jody has a B.S. in science and an M.A.T. in science education from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in science education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She is National Board Certified in adolescent science and is certified to teach high school physical science/chemistry.
Science Past Awardees
|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|