Former District Teacher Wins Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Three people in photo with one person holding an award.Alicia Foy was recently named a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Foy, who previously taught at Poinciana Elementary School, received the PAEMST award which is the nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science.

As part of the award, Foy received $10,000 from the National Science Foundation, a certificate signed by the President, and a trip to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the accomplishment. While in D.C., Foy participated in professional development activities and connected with fellow STEM educators from across the nation.

Foy is certified in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and STEM coaching through the University of Florida. She was instrumental in acquiring STEM certification for Poinciana Elementary, and she has presented professional development at the local, state, and national levels.

Foy is the recipient of teaching awards and grants that provide opportunities for students to participate in significant problem and project-based lessons. She believes the critical thinking, perseverance, and collaborative skills taught by these lessons have real world applications and encourage students to set high goals.

Foy taught in the Palm Beach County School District for 20 years and currently acts as the Gifted Education Program Specialist for the Florida Department of Education. Prior to her time at Poinciana Elementary, she taught fifth grade mathematics and science at Hidden Oaks Elementary and Discovery Key Elementary.

The PAEMST 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 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.