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 the program's inception, more than 4,400 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 2018 Elementary teachers (kindergarten - 6th grade) may apply. The application is due May 1, 2018.
In 2017 Secondary school teachers (grades 7 - 12) may apply. The application is due May 1, 2017.
Presidential Award Website
2013 Mathematics Awardees
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.
Allysen Lovstuen has been teaching mathematics at Decorah High School for the past 15 years. She currently teaches Algebra II to 9th through 12th graders and Advanced Placement Calculus AB to juniors and seniors, which includes co-teaching a joint AP Calculus AB/Physics course.
Allysen works to increase student thought and mathematical discourse in her classroom and shares her enthusiasm for mathematics by engaging students in activities, encouraging discussion, and appreciating diversity of thought. Students in her classes work together to solve problems, prove mathematical patterns, and build understanding of the content, while having the chance to individually practice needed skills.
Allysen has presented at a variety of conferences regarding mathematical pedagogy and technology. She has worked with undergraduate education students as a cooperating teacher for classroom experiences and by facilitating sessions on classroom technology. Allysen initiated FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge participation in her district and has been a member of the Iowa Outstanding Educators Advisory Council, Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics (currently serving as the Vice President - Secondary), district leadership team, and building leadership team.
Allysen has a B.A., magna cum laude, in mathematics and a M.A. in mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa. She is certified in 5-12 mathematics and pre-K-12 talented and gifted.
Brian Reece has taught mathematics for 19 years, the past nine at Central Academy, a public high school listed in the top one percent of educational programs by the College Board. He has taught in three other Iowa districts (Johnston, Melcher-Dallas and Lake Mills), as well as Des Moines Area Community College.
Brian currently teaches Advanced Placement Computer Science A, AP Calculus BC, Precalculus, Geometry, and Radically Accelerated Geometry and Algebra II to students in grades 7 through 12. He challenges his students to think freely about mathematics, referring to them as “mathematicians,” and he coaches and acts as proctor for students in a number of local, regional, and national competitions.
Brian has led professional development training for the Des Moines Public School District and is a member of the district geometry lead team. He has attended National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conferences, including one where he was presented an Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished Mathematics Teaching. He also participated in the Holl Mathematical Discovery for Teachers Workshop where, for one week, eight teachers worked on solving two advanced mathematical problems.
Brian has a B.A. in mathematics from Central College and a Master’s of School Mathematics from Iowa State University.
Mathematics Past Awardees
|2013||7-12||Allysen Lovstuen||Decorah High School||Decorah|
|2013||7-12||Brian Reece||Central Academy||Des Moines|
|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||Jill Moser||Stilwell Junior High School||West Des Moines|
|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
|2013||7-12||No Award in this area|
|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|
|1984||7-12||Kenneth Hartman||Ames Junior High School||Ames|
|1983||7-12||Karen Stiles||Nathan Week Transitional||Des Moines|