District Teacher is State Finalist for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Karina Moran, an Accelerated Mathematics Teacher at Manatee Elementary School in Lake Worth, is one of just three teachers in Florida to be recognized as a state finalist for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

Moran will be in the running for $10,000 from the National Science Foundation, and a trip to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony, professional development opportunities, and visits with members of the Administration.

The PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. The award is given each year to one mathematics and one science teacher in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories and Department of Defense Education Activity schools.

The awards alternate between teachers for grades kindergarten through 6, and grades 7 through 12. Teachers complete an extensive application for the honor. After an initial review at the state level, winners are selected by a panel of scientists, mathematicians and educators.

The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Since the program’s inception, more than 4,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession.