PRESS RELEASE - January 23, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

Nominate an Outstanding Teacher for Presidential Award

(Santa Fe, NM)--The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) is looking for outstanding K-6 mathematics and science teachers for the 2004 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching --the nation's highest honor for mathematics and science teachers.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program was established in 1983 by the White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The program identifies outstanding mathematics and science teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade, in the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. These teachers serve as models for their colleagues and as leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education.

K-6 mathematics and science teachers are eligible to apply for the 2004 program cycle. Anyone (principals, teachers, students and other members of the general public) may nominate a teacher. Nomination forms are available at www.nsf.gov/pa. Submit your nomination as soon as possible. Teachers’ completed applications for the 2004 awards must be postmarked by May 3, 2004.

State and jurisdiction selection committees choose up to three mathematics and three science state-level finalists for recognition at the state level. A national selection committee reviews applications of the state-level finalists and national awards are made by the President of the United States. National Awardees receive a special citation signed by the President of the United States, a $10,000 award from NSF and a paid trip for two to Washington, D.C. to attend special recognition events.

Nominate an outstanding New Mexico mathematics or science teacher today. For more information visit www.nsf.gov/pa or contact Claudia Ahlstrom for mathematics at cahlstrom@ped.state.nm.us or Richard Reif for science at rreif@ped.state.nm.us.