Sugar Land, TX News (September 9, 2014) – Lisa Baum, a third-grade science teacher at Colony Meadows Elementary School, is one of only eight Texas teachers named a finalist for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States. The National Science Foundation administers the PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to K-6 grade teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom.
In Texas, four finalists were named in elementary mathematics and four in elementary science. To achieve the recognition, a teacher must first be nominated for the award, then selected as a finalist by a state panel of educators. One mathematics teacher and one science teacher from each state is then considered for the national award.
If named a national award winner, Baum will receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, and a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend recognition events and professional development opportunities. National winners will be announced in the summer of 2015.