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Four Washington STEM teachers nominated for presidential award

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2022 PAEMST Finalists

Four WEA math and science teachers have been selected as finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Award, the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced May 18. The state-level finalists are:


  • Spencer Olmsted, a fourth- and fifth-grade Highly Capable Math teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in the Olympia School District


  • Veronique Paquette, a second-grade Science teacher at Kenroy Elementary in the Eastmont School District
  • Shameem Sherwin, a fifth-grade STEM and Social Studies teacher at Evergreen Elementary in the Sedro-Woolley School District, and
  • Kaia Tomokiyo, a Kindergarten Science teacher at Sartori Elementary in the Renton School District

The finalists were selected by a statewide selection committee comprised of content area experts and award-winning teachers.

After being selected as state-level finalists, the national PAEMST committee will determine national awardees based on content mastery, use of effective instructional methods, effective use of assessments, reflective practice and life-long learning, and leadership in education inside and outside of the classroom.

If any of the finalists are selected as national awardees, they will travel to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional learning experiences, and receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States as well as a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

National awardees are typically announced in the fall.

The PAEMST program was first established by Congress in 1983. The program recognizes exemplary teaching in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The President may recognize up to 108 educators each year. Since 1983, 81 Washington educators have received the award.

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