Presidential Award Includes 27 National Board Certified Teachers

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is proud to announce this year’s class of Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) winners includes 27 National Board Certified Teachers. The award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science. 

Peggy Brookins, a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) and the President and CEO of the National Board, said “We’re proud of all awardees and especially acknowledge the NBCTs who prove every day that they teach to the highest standards in the profession. STEM fields are so important because they open the door to a wide range of career choices.”

Award winner Pamela Hamilton, NBCT from Alabama said, “Over the years, being an NBCT has shaped and honed my teaching practices. Every aspect of the Five Core Propositions of National Board Certification was embedded in this award. I am very honored to join this wonderful group and look forward to continuing to learn together over the coming year. This honor is another way that my Board Certification has expanded my opportunities as a professional.”

Congratulations to the 2020 NBCT PAEMST award winners: 

  • Pamela Hamilton, AL
  • Melodie Murray, AR
  • Christine Mendoza, AZ
  • Erin Greenwood, CO
  • William Stafford, DC
  • Becky Bride, FL
  • Tanya Katovich, IL
  • Kirstin Milks, IN
  • Margaret Richard, KS
  • Keri Meador – KY
  • Torri Martin, KY
  • Paula Callender – LA
  • Stacie Marvin, MD
  • Shani Bourn, MS
  • LeShundra Young, MS
  • Elegan Kramer, MO
  • Jodi Cunningham, NV
  • Jessica Esquibel, NM
  • Jill Francis, NC
  • Cheryl Fentress, OK
  • David Degenhardt, SC
  • Carla Diede, SD
  • Billie Long, TN
  • Amy Peterson – WA
  • Carol McKay – WA
  • Katie Haas, WI
  • Karen Olson, WI

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The founding mission of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by: (1) maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do; (2) providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards; and (3) advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers. Recognized as the “gold standard” in teacher certification, the National Board believes higher standards for teachers means better learning for students.