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Give your favorite science and math teacher a thank you (and maybe some cash and a trip)

Sounds good? Well here's the deal.

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Presidential awardees receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a trip for two to Washington DC to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Anyone--principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public--may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. Teachers may also apply directly at http://www.paemst.org. The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2011. This date gives the nominated teacher enough time to thoroughly prepare an application prior to the application deadline. The Application Deadline is May 2, 2011 for secondary school teachers (Grades 7-12).

Come on folks- let's do it. Even if they don't win-- getting nominated is pretty cool. To add to the encouragement- the first 3 folks who nominate teachers (and send me the nomination e-mail) get some of my famous homemade, healthy (really) chocolate chip cookies.