A teacher from Ocean Air Elementary School in the Del Mar
Union School District was nominated this week as a finalist for the 2016
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The teacher, Rebecca Jones, has been teaching for 15 years. She
currently teaches 5th grade. She has been a Cognitive Guided
Instruction math lead teacher and has led staff development throughout the
district, county, and state. Jones served on the district’s math committee, and
her school was selected as one of the National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Jones was one of nine outstanding math and science teachers from
California nominated for the honor.
“I congratulate these remarkable teachers whose dedication
and innovative teaching styles prepare our students for 21st century
careers and college,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
said. “These teachers are among the best of the best in their field and an
inspiration to their students and colleagues.”
The California Department of Education (CDE) partnered with
the California Science Teachers Association and the California Mathematics
Council to recruit and select nominees for the PAEMST program—the highest
recognition in the nation for a mathematics or science teacher.
Each applicant must demonstrate a mastery of math or
science, appropriate use of instructional methods and strategies, lifelong
learning, and leadership in education outside the classroom. State finalists
were selected by a panel of their peers who reviewed each candidate's content
knowledge, teaching effectiveness, achievement results, and professional
The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf
of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. PAEMST was enacted
by Congress in 1983 and authorizes the President each year to bestow up to 108
awards. PAEMST awards primary and secondary teachers in alternate years. Awards
are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and
four U.S. jurisdictions including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of
Defense Schools, and the U.S. territories.
For more information, visit the CDE’s Presidential Awards for Math and Science
Teaching CDE webpage or the PAEMST