Elementary teacher recognized for leadership in science education
PARKER – Pine Lane Elementary School Teacher Stephanie Kawamura has been selected as a State-level finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
Kawamura, who was selected as a result of her outstanding teaching and leadership in science, is now eligible to receive national recognition. The PAEMST awards are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government, given annually to K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers. Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year.
“It's such a pleasure to see her in action with our students, and it is not a surprise that Stephanie is being recognized by PAEMST for her exemplary teaching abilities, especially in science,” said Pine Lane Principal Danelle Hiatt. “She consistently facilitates high quality, authentic and relevant learning experiences, engaging students in a meaningful way, and promoting their critical-thinking skills. The fact that her instruction was videotaped in order to support other teachers with quality science instructional design is a testament to her professional expertise and competencies,” Hiatt added.
A selection committee composed of science educators, teachers and past awardees will select the national PAEMST awardees. Teachers chosen for national recognition will be notified by The White House, receive $10,000, and an be invited to attend the awards ceremony, celebratory receptions, professional development programs, and discussions with policy-makers on how to improve mathematics and science education.