Farmington teacher Anna Brignole wins the Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teachers

Germantown, Tennessee—June 25, 2018 – Yesterday, Farmington Elementary School fourth grade teacher Anna Brignole was recognized in Washington D.C. by the White House as one of two teachers from Tennessee who were awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teachers.

Farmington Elementary School is one of three elementary schools in the Germantown Municipal School District.  The district is proud to announce the news of Brignole’s latest accolade.  “We are excited to join the nation in congratulating Ms. Brignole in this recognition.  It’s a testament to her exceptional work with students in the classroom and to all of our teachers who do good work every day,” said Superintendent Jason Manuel.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), with the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced 140 individuals and organizations that were honored with presidential awards for their excellence in teaching or mentoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

"On behalf of the White House I am honored to express the Nation’s gratitude for the tireless dedication that these men and women bring to educating the next generation of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians,” said Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy. “Each day more and more jobs require a strong foundation in STEM education, so the work that you do as teachers and mentors helps ensure that all students can have access to limitless opportunities and the brightest of futures."

Kindergarten through sixth grade teachers, like Brignole from Germantown, Tennessee, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), and mentors also received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).

Awardees represent schools in all 50 U.S. states, Department of Defense Education Activity schools and schools in the U.S. territories American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

During a visit to the nation's capital, Brignole received a presidential citation at an awards ceremony and participated in discussions on STEM and STEM education priorities led by OSTP and NSF. She will also receive $10,000 from NSF on behalf of the White House.

Established in 1983, PAEMST is the highest award kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers can receive from the U.S. government. The award alternates years between kindergarten through sixth grade and seventh-12th grade teachers. This year, on the award's 35th anniversary, kindergarten through sixth grade teachers were honored.

Nominees complete a rigorous application process that requires them to demonstrate their excellence in content knowledge and ability to adapt to a broad range of learners and teaching environments.

A panel of distinguished mathematicians, scientists and educators at the state and national levels assess the applications before recommending nominees to OSTP. Teachers are selected based on their distinction in the classroom and dedication to improving STEM education.

When Brignole won the award for the state, our Superintendent interviewed her on our monthly television show, Spotlight on Excellence.  Click here to watch that interview.  

For more information about PAEMST and PAESMEM, please visit their websites.
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