Presidential Awards for Excellence

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2023 California Finalists for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Posted on 05/19/2023

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today honored seven outstanding math and science teachers from California who are finalists for the 2023 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The PAEMST program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government specifically for kindergarten through grade twelve science, mathematics, engineering, and computer science teaching. For 2022–23, those who teach grades seven through twelve were eligible for the award. Presidential Award recipients are honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., and receive a $10,000 special award from the National Science Foundation.

Samantha Stickley, seventh grade science teacher at San Marcos Middle School, has been teaching for 16 years and currently teaches seventh grade Integrated Science. She is part of the OpenSciEd Level Two Facilitator Team and develops and leads professional learning for adult learners. She has mentored teachers through student teaching and the induction process. Samantha has also co-taught with teachers from the special education and dual language programs. Her classroom has been featured in research through Northwestern University and the University of Kansas. Samantha was also a Spotlight Teacher for the University of California, San Diego Science Project. For more information, please click here. 

Congratulations Samanatha!