Presidential Awards for Excellence

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    The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest recognition a K-12 teacher can receive for outstanding science or mathematics teaching in the United States.

    Why apply? Recipients of the award receive the following:

    • A certificate signed by the President of the United States.
    • A paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities.
    • A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

    In addition to recognizing outstanding teaching in mathematics or science, the program provides teachers with an opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues across the nation. This growing network of award-winning teachers serves as a vital resource for improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and keeping America globally competitive.

    Awardees are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. In addition to honoring individual achievement, the goal of the award program is to exemplify the highest standards of mathematics and science teaching.  Since the program's inception in 1983, more than 4000 outstanding teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals.

  • Nominations for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching have closed. The application deadline for 7-12 teachers (Seventh through twelfth grade) was May 1, 2019. Elementary teachers (Grades K-6) are eligible to apply in 2020.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact, Joshua Roesner, the Michigan state coordinator, at In the meantime, please visit the Presidential Awards website right now to find information about the nomination and application process. 

  • Past Michigan Winners of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching