Presidential Awards

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program was established in 1983 by The White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers, kindergarten through 12th grade, in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. These teachers serve as models for their colleagues and leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education. The competition alternates each year between teachers of grades K-6 and teachers of grades 7-12.

Everyone is encouraged to nominate a teacher for this prestigious award.  Nomination forms are available each Fall at  For additional information, contact Lakechia Grant at or by phone at (601) 359-2586.

John K Bettersworth Teacher of the Year Award for Middle and High School History Teachers

The Mississippi Historical Society honors the memory of Dr. John K. Bettersworth, historian author, by selecting one Outstanding Mississippi Teacher of History each year.  Middle school and high school teachers are eligible for recognition of outstanding work through the presentation of this award. The winning teacher will be invited to attend the annual Mississippi Historical Society meeting, receive an attractive plaque, and receive a $100 cash award.  For more information contact the Mississippi Historical Society, P.O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205, or visit for updates.

George Washington’s MOUNT VERNON Scholars Institute

George Washington's Mount Vernon offers an educational program that provides a one-week study program at George Washington's home. The curriculum will include discussions led by noted Washington scholars and hands-on workshops exploring Washington's life and interests at Mount Vernon. Participating teachers will have full access to Mount Vernon's extensive library collection, meet with Mount Vernon historians, curators, and educators, and visit related sites in Washington, D.C. and Washington's hometown of Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, visit Also, contact The Mount Vernon Education Department, P.O. Box 110, Mount Vernon, VA 22121, or e-mail  Please include an e-mail contact and phone number.

Mary Wroten
Science Specialist

Science Listserv

The monthly newsletter, Mississippi Science Spots, provides science news and information about opportunities for teachers and students. To receive Mississippi Science Spots by email each month, please join the Science Listserv. Send a request to

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