Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. The Awards recognize exemplary K-12 teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Excellent teachers perform miracles everyday with little or no recognition. The Presidential Awards demonstrate the value and appreciation the nation has for the teaching profession. Nominate an outstanding math or science teacher today for this prestigious award.

What is the Application Process?

Upcoming application deadlines are shown below.
Year 2018 Elementary (K-6): Nomination Deadline April 1, 2017 Application Deadline May 1, 2018


Two Arizona teacher’s have been named as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST was established in 1983, it is the highest recognition of K-12 mathematics or science that a teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

Penny Poubison, a math educator from Buckeye and Erik Von Burg, a science educator from Mesa will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. Awardees also traveled to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony.

Erik Von Burg
Mesa, AZ | K-6, Science, 2016

“Erik Von Burg is in his 18th year in education and is currently the Department Specialist for Mesa Public School’s Gifted and Talented Program. Read more..

Penny Roubison
Buckeye, AZ | K-6, Mathematics, 2016

Penny Roubison has been an educator for 28 years and currently teaches all subjects to third graders at Liberty Elementary School. Read more…

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Contact your State Coordinators

Sarah Sleasman, Arizona Department of Education
1535 W Jefferson St., Bin 5
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: 602-364-2353
K-6 Science

Suzi Mast, Arizona Department of Education
1535 W Jefferson St., Bin 5
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: 602-364-1363
7-12 Mathematics, K-6 Mathematics