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Kimberly Rothberg Chosen as State Finalist for Presidential Teaching Award

CFE Kimberly Rothberg, a Carolina Forest Elementary School teacher, was chosen by the South Carolina Department of Education as a state finalist in mathematics for the Presidential Teaching Award. The South Carolina Department of Education works to recruit and select nominees for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program—the highest recognition in the nation for a mathematics or science teacher. Each applicant must demonstrate a mastery of math or science (including computer science), appropriate use of instructional methods and strategies, lifelong learning, and leadership in education outside the classroom. Each candidate was also required to submit a 45-minute video lesson in support of their application. State finalists were selected by a review panel of their peers who reviewed each candidate's content knowledge, effectiveness, achievement results, and professional involvement. 

The next step for the finalists will be for a national committee of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators to review their applications. The national panel will recommend up to 108 teachers to receive PAEMST awards – up to two state finalists – mathematics or science – from each state. Teachers selected as PAEMST awardees receive a $10,000 award, a Presidential certificate, and a trip to Washington, DC, for a series of recognition events, activities, and ceremonies.

Posted: May 16, 2021