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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

Recipients of 2017 and 2018 Presidential Awards for Excellence Announced 

Pictured from left to right: Cheri DeSoto, Anna Shaw, Tiffany Taylor, and Corey Boby.

Four Arkansas teachers were recently selected as recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Two educators received the recognition for 2017 and two for 2018. The National Science Foundation, on behalf of The White House, oversees the program that recognizes teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to professional development, innovative teaching techniques, and technology use in their classrooms. 

2017 Recipients

  • Corey Boby, Benton High School, Benton School District, Math
  • Tiffany Taylor, Rogers Heritage High School, Rogers School District, Science

2018 Recipients

  • Cheri DeSoto, Holt Middle School, Fayetteville School District, Science
  • Anna Shaw, J.O. Kelly Middle School, Springdale School District, Math

Information About the PAEMST 

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM education. Since 1983, more than 4,800 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to STEM education. Up to 108 teachers are recognized each year.

Award Details

This awards program is open to practicing public, private, and parochial school teachers with a minimum of five years teaching experience. State finalists are chosen on the basis of their teaching performance, experience, and leadership by a state selection committee. Applications for each finalist are then forwarded to the National Science Foundation for judging by a national committee. A teacher from each category can be selected as Arkansas Presidential Awardees. For more information, please visit the PAEMST website.

Presidential Awardees receive: 
  • A citation signed by the President of the United States 
  • A trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities 
  • A $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation 

Who Can Nominate?

Anyone—principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—may nominate exceptional science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teachers.


Who Can Apply?

STEM teachers (K–12) can apply. The competition alternates each year between teachers of grades K-6 and teachers of grades 7-12. 

To nominate or apply, visit  The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

National PAEMST Award Winners for Arkansas - 2000 to Present

The following educators have been selected by state and national committees as outstanding STEM teachers and serve as leaders in science, technology, mathematics, and/or computer science






Amy Sandy, Elementary Math, Sonora Elementary School

Justin Leflar, Elementary Science, Holt Middle School 


Daniel Moix, Secondary Math, Bryant High School

Diedre Young, Secondary Science, Ridgway Christian High School


Ashley Kasnicka, Elementary Math, Harvey Jones Elementary School

Cassie Kautzer, Elementary Science, Monitor Elementary School


Brian Leonard, Secondary Math, Lake Hamilton High School

Amanda Jones, Secondary Science, Poyen High School


Christi Schrauger, Elementary Math, Harp Elementary

Jennifer Richardson, Elementary Science, Wooster Elementary School


Stephanie Muckelberg, Secondary Math, Bald Knob Middle School

Vickie Logan, Secondary Science, Parkview Arts Science magnet High School


Stacey Dominguez, Elementary Math, Shaw Elementary

Eva Arrington, Elementary Science, Drew Central


Lorraine Marroulis, Secondary Math, Cabot High School

Karen Ladd, Secondary Science, Nettleton High School


Monica Norwood, Elementary Math, Romine Interdistrict Elementary School

No awardee selected 


No awardee selected

Jeffrey Mosby, Secondary Science, Ramsey Junior High School


Lisa Honey, Elementary Math, Gibbs Albright Elementary

Barbara Reng, Elementary Science, Sixth Grade Academic Center


Michelle Carr-Jackson, Secondary Mathematics, Hall High School

Charre Todd, Secondary Science, Norman Junior High School


Joy Wolfe, Elementary Math, Boone Park Elementary

Sandra Barnhill, Elementary Science, Southside Elementary


Anna Scanlon, Secondary Math, McNair Middle School

Alan Hays, Secondary Science, Genoa Central High School 


Joanne Smith, Secondary Math, West Memphis High School

Betty Wilson, Secondary Math, West Side School

James Miller, Elementary Science, Randall G. Lynch Middle School      Kathryn Lacey, Secondary Science, Southwest Junior High School   


Dickie Thomassan, Secondary Math, Jacksonville High School

Kathy Short, Elementary Science, Thurman G. Smith Elementary School                                    Melissa Miller, Secondary Science, Holt Middle School


Evelyn Cole, Elementary Math, Moody Elementary

Bradley Roberts, Secondary Math, Bald Knob High School

Karen Norton, Elementary Science   Kathy Prophet, Secondary Science, Helen Tyson Middle School


For more information, please contact:

Michele Synder   
Science Program Manager  
Veronica Hebard Stephanie Johnson-Carleton
State Math Specialist Science Program Advisor
501-682-0488 501-324-9684


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