From an e-mail from Nafeesa Owens, program lead at the NSF for the Presidential Teaching Award Program:
Do you know a K-6 teacher who provides excellent mathematics or science instruction to his or her students? Then please consider nominating him or her for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. Anyone—researchers, parents, or members of the general public—may nominate a K-6 teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website (www.paemst.org). To submit a nomination, you only need the teacher’s contact information.
PAEMST is the highest honor the United States government bestows for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 teachers may be recognized each year.
Presidential Awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events, professional development opportunities, and policy-maker meetings, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
The Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2012. The Application Deadline is May 1, 2012 for elementary school teachers (Grades K-6). Secondary school teachers (Grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2013. If you know more than one teacher deserving of this award, you may submit more than one nomination. Teachers may also initiate the application process themselves at www.paemst.org.