The U.S. Department of Education recently announced Delaware’s honorees for the 2014 and 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced Delaware’s honorees for the 2014 and 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Four teachers from Cape Henlopen School District, Capital School District and MOT Charter School received the highest recognition that K-12 mathematics and science teachers can receive for outstanding teaching in the U.S.

Four additional teachers — two in math and two in science — also are the 2016 PAEMST finalists for Delaware, earning a chance to become a 2016 math or science awardee later this year.

The 2014 awardees are Kristin Gray, math specialist and teaching channel laureate at Richard A. Shields Elementary School in the Cape Henlopen School District; and Kimberly Simmons, kindergarten teacher at East Dover Elementary in the Capital School District.

The 2015 awardees are Robin Corrozi, high school mathematics at Cape Henlopen High School in the Cape Henlopen School District; and John C. Scali, integrated science and chemistry teacher at MOT Charter School.

The 2016 finalists are Brandy Cooper, sixth-grade mathematics teacher at Milford Central Academy in the Milford School District; Christa Ferdig, fifth-grade elementary teacher at Long Neck Elementary School in the Indian River School District; Leona Williams, fourth-grade elementary teacher at Forwood Elementary School in the Brandywine School District; and Wendy Turner, second-grade elementary teacher at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Brandywine School District.

All Delaware PAEMST finalists and awardees will be honored at a banquet Dec. 1.

Awarded each year by the White House, PAEMST is given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. In addition to honoring individual achievement, the goal of the PAEMST award program is to exemplify the highest standards of mathematics and science teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

Every year, each state selects up to five mathematics teachers and five science teachers as state finalists. The award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through sixth grade and those teaching seventh through 12th grades. Educators are nominated in October, and the application process begins in November.

A national selection committee reviews state finalist applications and selects one awardee in each content area for every state. Teachers are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. As part of the recognition process, awardees take part in a weeklong series of networking and professional development activities in Washington, D.C., and receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation.

For more information, visit paemst.org.