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SAISD teacher named a state finalist for a 2018 presidential award

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SAISD’s Angelica Nino named a state finalist for a 2018 presidential award

Oct. 18, 2018 — San Antonio ISD’s Angelica Nino, a third-grade bilingual math and science teacher at De Zavala Elementary School, is one of six Texas teachers named as a state finalist for the 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The announcement was made today by Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.

Nino is a state finalist in the category of elementary mathematics.

The District is honored and pleased to learn of this significant professional achievement.

“Dedicated and highly skilled teachers like Angelica Nino help students to not only think critically and make sense of their ever-changing world, but also encourage them to be their best – both in the classroom and in life. This is a significant professional achievement,” said Superintendent Pedro Martinez, “and I am proud that she inspires the children in our District on a daily basis.”

This presidential award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. The National Science Foundation administers the award on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Each of the Texas finalists will be honored at a State Board of Education meeting in early 2019. In addition, the math finalists, which includes Nino, will be recognized at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching in July 2019.

See TEA announcement below.

TEA

Oct. 18, 2018 

Six Texas teachers named finalists
for 2018 presidential awards in math and science

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today the six Texas teachers that have been named finalists for the 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The 2018 awards recognize kindergarten through sixth grade mathematics and science teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom.

PAEMST is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The 2018 Texas finalists in elementary mathematics are:

  • Ellaree Lehman– Third grade mathematics and science teacher at R. E. Good Elementary IB World School in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District;
  • Angelica Nino– Third grade bilingual mathematics and science teacher at De Zavala Elementary School in the San Antonio Independent School District; and
  • Kirsta Paulus– Third grade teacher at Genoa Elementary School in the Pasadena Independent School District.

The 2018 Texas finalists in elementary science are:

  • Allison Bearden – Sixth grade math and science teacher at Oakcrest Intermediate School in the Tomball Independent School District;
  • Celene Rosen– Third grade math and science teacher at Barksdale Elementary School in the Plano Independent School District; and
  • Brenda Williams– Fourth and fifth grade Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teacher at Argyle Intermediate School in the Argyle Independent School District.

To achieve recognition through this program, a teacher first must apply to enter the competition or be nominated for the award. A state panel consisting of master teachers, content specialists, and administrators reviews the applications and selects the most outstanding mathematics and science teachers for the National Science Foundation to consider for national awardee status. After this initial selection process, a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators may select two teachers from each state and U.S. jurisdiction for the national award.

PAEMST awardees receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, a certificate 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.

For additional information about the PAEMST program, visit www.paemst.org.